Marco de Grazia has been producing wine on Etna for 15 years and has built an enviable reputation for making iconic wines that are both approachable in youth but also continue to develop positively over time. His wines achieved minor cult status in the late 2000s when considered amongst a wave of early examples of Etna reds that, to their credit, drew comparisons with terroir driven Burgundies; these comparisons would ultimately shape today’s feeling, that this little corner of Sicily is one of the trendiest winemaking areas in the world.
Today production continues with the upmost regard for its origin. The wines are accountable to the land. The estate therefore is set apart from others by its decision to vinify and bottle each of their vineyards separately and by doing so, seeks to highlight the inherent characteristics of individual sites. It’s a familiar idea now, but 15 years ago it completely revitalised the wine scene on Etna.
In the loosely arranged cru system of Etna, recently articulated in law, the company owns land in four key plots; located in Calderara Sottana, Santo Spirito, Guardiola and Feudo di Mezzo, they all fit neatly within the confines of Randazzo and Castiglione di Sicilia, arguably the most important villages on the northern slopes of the volcano.