Estates / Tenuta delle Terre Nere
Tenuta delle Terre Nere
APPELLATION: DOC Etna
Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine wine. And an extraordinary location, as well - this "island within an island" that is the Etna. A place where nature is prodigal but also severe. And here De Grazia tries with all his heart to express as purely as possible the refined and multifaceted microcosm of this ancient volcanic land. With respect, care and hard farm work, always in organic balance.
The estate's philosophy is simple. Given an extreme climate, in order to obtain the best and most consistent ripening, our attention must focus on vineyard management. The finest workmanship in all aspects of viticulture is the first thing that sets us apart. And what enables us, bringing home exceptionally fine grapes, not to be invasive in our cellar work. A work best described as aimed above all at expressing the character of our varieties in their specific terroir.
Also called Trinacria due to its roughly triangular shape, the region of Sicily is the largest island within the Mediterranean. It lies south of the Italian Peninsula, is separated from the rest of mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina, and hosts the active volcano Mount Etna – which still casts black ash over the island from time to time.
Much of inland Sicily comprises hilly terrain. The usual Mediterranean climate reigns over the region, with summers being dry and hot and winters relatively warm, mild, and wet (although snow can fall in some hilly areas). The coastal areas, most notably in the southwest part of the region, may have searing-hot summers. Saharan winds often visit the island in the summer – coupled with scarce rainfall, some areas can experience water crises.
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Frappato di Vittoria
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