Print This Page
Also known as Calabrese, it is rewarded as the most promising Sicilian grape. Widely cultivated in Avola, Noto and Pachino in the province of Syracuse, it produces wines such as Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
Cultivated since the 16th century around Vittoria in the Ragusa province, these grapes contribute up to 40% of the production of Cerasuolo di Vittoria (called so because of the cherry aroma).
This vine is cultivated in the Messina province and is part of the DOC Faro.
Also known as Pignatello, these grapes were cultivated in the provinces of Trapani and Palermo at the end of the 18th century. After decades of disuse, these grapes are used again.
This is the main cultivated grape of the Etna Valley and contributes up to 80% of the Etna Rosso. It produces wines with good tannins and that age well.
Originally from the Messina province, these grapes are quite rare nowadays, but contribute to the production of the red Faro Palari.
Catarratto is the most cultivated vine in Sicily and the second in Italy after Trebbiano. Used only for Marsala in the past, it contributes to the production of wines such as Contessa Entellina, Contea Sclafani, Etna, Monreale and Alcamo.
Albanello grapes have been cultivated for centuries on Mount Iblea in the province of Ragusa.
Also known as Ansonica, it is mostly cultivated in the provinces of Agrigento, Palermo and Caltanissetta. These grapes are rich with sugar and contain low acidity.
Cultivated throughout the island until last century, the trend of producing more alcoholic and structured wines forced the producers to decrease its use.
Due to the low yield, these grapes represent only 3% of the Sicilian grapes today. Because of the freshness and elegance, these grapes are used to produce monovarietal wine.
Typical of the Etna area, these grapes take the name from their shape, similar to a female breast.
Called after its homeland of Greece, it is often compared to sauvignon blanc. These blending grapes are ones of the few Sicilian ancients that are increasing in production.
Originally from Egypt, these grapes were extensively used by the Romans. They are mainly cultivated in Pantelleria.
Damaschino grapes probably arrived in Sicily during the Arab domination. Today, it is rare and tends to be substituted with catarratto.
Cultivated in the Messina province, these grapes produce the Malvasia delle Lipari.
Some Sicilian Wine Producers