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Terrazze Dell` Etna `Cirneco Etna` Rosso

Etna, Sicilia

Terrazze Dell`Etna

Professore Antonio Bevilacqua is an engineer by profession, and has a very successful business based in Palermo and Milan that ensures he travels the world...

He is, true to his origins, very proud of his Sicilian origins, so decided, in 2007, to start buying land in Etna with a view to producing the best wines possible. Today he has 35 hectares of vineyard plus 20 that he rents and manages, on the slopes of Etna. Warm days and cool nights, combined with volcanic low vigour soil, ensures wines of great intensity from low yielding vines. These are wonderful wines from one of Italy’s stars of the future.

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The vineyards are located in the municipality of Randazzo at 750 metres above sea level, on the northern slopes of Etna. The soil is volcanic and the climate is cool, with a notable diurnal temperature range and good ventilation. The vines are grown on ‘terrazze‘ or terraces, are free standing ‘albarello‘ bush vines, some of which are up 100 years old. ‘Cirneco‘ means hunting dog in Sicilian.

Vintage information

Harvest took place in the third week of October.


The grapes were hand harvested. After a lengthy temperature controlled maceration on the skins, fermentation took place. The wine was then aged for 18 months in oak and then a further 18 months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

A deep ruby colour with violet hues. An intense and complex array of aromas including sweet spice, vanilla and mixed berry fruit. The wine has an excellent balance between acidity and tannin, it is supple, elegant and refined and finishes long. It has the potential for long ageing.

Vintage information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Nerello Mascalese
Region Etna, Sicilia
Winemaker Riccardo Cotarella
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.7g/l
Residual Sugar 3.5g/l
Wine pH 3