“Monte Gorna” Vineyards
Trecastagni, at the foot of one of the extinguished craters dotting Mount Etna is home to the ancient vineyards of Monte Gorna, with their distinctive lava terraces completely restructured and replanted with the native varieties used for Etna DOC wines: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio for the red, and Catarratto and Carricante for the white. The quality of the soil was formed through the disintegration of lavas and eruptive material.
MONTE GORNA VINEYARDS
Trecastagni (Catania) – areas B and D of Mount Etna Parka
Altitude: 700-750 m. a.s.l.
Vineyard exposure: South-East
Microclimate: temperate climate, with an annual average rainfall of ca. 1,000 mm and wide diurnal temperature range.
Soil: the soil is volcanic, very rich in minerals; the composition of the eruptive materials gave life to composite soils, often made up by small sized pumice stones, known as “ripiddu”, found mostly on extinguished volcanic cones such as Mt Gorna. Their elevated drainage capacity and their wealth in potassium play an important role in balancing the grape’s maturation process.
Yield per Hectare: above 60 quintals
Vines per Hectare: 6.000 ca.
Training system: espalier spurred cordon.
Just a few miles from the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula, is the lively agricultural center of Vittoria, home to Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico. Here nature still conveys all the colors, smells and sensations of a beautifully preserved landscape, where what prevails is the contrast between the green of the vineyards and ancient olive groves, and the ocher of the limestone. In this intensely lit land, the great Nicosia wineyard is cultivated with Nero d’Avola, Frappato and Syrah.
Altitude:about 200 m. a.s.l.
Vineyard exposure South
Microclimate: dry and sunny summers; winters characterized by short and intense rains.
Soil: medium textured sandy soils.
Yield per Hectare: 70-80 quintals.
Vines per Hectare: 5.000 ca.
Training system: espalier spurred cordon and guyot.