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The vine on Etna has always been cultivated ad alberello, 8-9,000 vines per hectare, on terraces made of dried lavic stone. In these conditions, the vines, supported by a stake made out of chestnut wood, have to be tended by hand, using only very delicate non-invasive farming devices (mechanical hoes). This is a very old method of cultivation which respects the natural balance of the environment on Etna. The climate in the vineyard areas of Etna is characterised by notable variations in temperature between day and night (even as much as 20°). The volcanic, sandy soil is formed by the disintegration of the lava. This changes continuously, becoming deep and fertile at certain points or quite shallow with pieces of volcanic rock at others. The vines sink their roots down into very different types of soil made up of the many layers of lava which have built up over the millennia. Thus the range of macro elements, but even more so microelements, available is very wide indeed. The one constant in the old vineyards is a high level of biodiversity.
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