il cantante
il cantante
Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, is a unique and quite particular area. It was here in 2001 that saw the birth of the vine growing and wine production business Il Cantante di Mick Hucknall. The alberello vines grow on terraces laid out along two of Etna’s slopes: to the East, in the small municipality of Sant’Alfio which overlooks the sea and, to the North, between Castiglione di Sicilia and Randazzo. Here twenty hectares of black volcanic soil are spread across the land at various altitudes (from 750 to 1,200 metres above sea-level). The east side of the Volcano is exposed to the legendary winds blowing in from the East. In the territory of Sant’Alfio (800 metres above sea-level) stands the original heart of the company: the vineyard of Puntalazzo and the old palmento of 1760. The company is based here and features a tasting room as well as a museum dedicated to vine-growing in the Etna area. From Sant’Alfio running northwards along the mountain, at a height of about 800 metres, in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia (750 metres above sea-level) lie the Cosentino and Pagano vineyards, with centuries-old vines producing the native Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grapes, used to create the vintage Etna Rosso D.O.C. Carrying on northwest from Randazzo towards Bronte, at a height of 1,200 metres above sea-level, you arrive at the Gabry vineyard which, at these altitudes, mainly produces the indigenous Carricante, Grecanico and Minnella grapes to be turned into those elegant white wines which improve with age and which only Etna knows how to produce.
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