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The history of Etna began with a long and amazing series of geological incidents spanning some 500-700 millennia – incidents which created the entire region and Europe’s highest active volcano. Over the centuries, it has erupted on several occasions and thrown up enormous quantities of lava. And, again over the centuries, man has tenaciously superimposed on the lavic landscape an agrarian landscape which is one of the richest on the island, composed of vineyards, citrus groves and orchards, as well as numerous urban settlements spread across the valleys and hills all of which are imbued with genuine traditions, legends and centuries-old symbols. On Etna, vines grown by the alberello system, perched across the whole mountain with the help of terraces of black lavic stone, have for centuries now found their ideal environment. The Etna area represents a very particular microclimate which is unique even within the island itself (basically a sort of island within an island) and is perhaps not found anywhere else in the world, where the vine has been cultivated forever and the wine produced known and appreciated since the days of antiquity. Mythology, literature, legends and popular traditions have, since those very remote days, given rise to what is the “wine culture” of the Etna area.
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