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Established in the Sicilian town of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of Etna, Pietradolce has become one of the finest producers from Sicily in a very short time. Their flagship wine, an Etna Rosso called Vigna Barbagalli, has already received 100 points from James Suckling. There are 11 hectares of vineyards between 600-900 feet above sea, with three plots spanning two different territories (Rampante and Zottorinoto).

Established in the Sicilian town of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of Etna, Pietradolce has become one of the finest producers from Sicily in a very short time. Their flagship wine, an Etna Rosso called Vigna Barbagalli, has already received 100 points from James Suckling. There are 11 hectares of vineyards between 600-900 feet above sea, with three plots spanning two different territories (Rampante and Zottorinoto).

The soil is characterised by stony, light, sandy loam and mineral deposits that are in abundance thanks to the local volcano. The winery credits the volcano as giving their wines the special characteristics that make them so unique.

With a desire to stay true to their terroir, Pietradolce only cultivates grape varieties that are native to Mount Etna. They cultivate 3 main grape varieties. Nerello Mascalese is a late harvesting grape creating light coloured wines that display a red fruit character and gentle tannins allowing the wines to be approachable at a young age, but also suitable for ageing. Nerello Cappuccio typically has a black fruit character that tends to be softer and less precise than its Mascalese counterpart. There are those who say Cappuccio is to Mascalese, what Merlot is to Cabernet. Finally, the winery also grows Carricante, a white grape variety that makes up the excellent Etna Bianco and is occasionally used to soften red varieties like Nerello Mascalese.

The wines of Etna are Pietradolce’s passion and it is a combination of respect for their tradition and modern viticulture techniques that enable them to make truly spectacular wines that express the unique terroir of Mount Etna. 

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