• The Terrazze dell’Etna winery was founded in 2008 by Nino Bevilacqua, an engineer from Palermo, when legendary Italian winemaker Riccardo Cotarella helped him to plan and build this extraordinary property. • The name of the winery was inspired by the traditional terracing method • Five different plots of vineyards, locally called “contrade” for 36 hectares (89 acres) of vines and a new winery built in 2012 at 500 meters above sea level (1650 feet) • Vineyards are located at an altitude between 650 and 950 meters a.s.l. (2150 and 3150 feet). —some of the highest- lying vineyards in the world. • All the farming is done by hand and the estate uses integrated farming, including a variety of crops and livestock, to enhance biodiversity. • The climate is cool and ventilated, characterized by consistent changes between day and night temperature • The vines of Etna’s native NerelloMascalese are devolved to the vinification of the red wines Cirneco, Carusu and Cratere, as well as the white wine Ciuri, the result of the innovative vinification in white. • Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are to become the Classic Method of Etna, a tradition that dates to the 1800, when the Spumanti were known as “Champagne Etna” • The minerality of the volcanic soil, the altitude and the scents of the sea give unique aromas, resulting in charming and elegant wines.
Mt. Etna has emerged as one of the leading producers of classic method sparkling wine in Italy today. The appellation’s volcanic soils, combined with its high elevations, are ideal for the cultivation of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, making for distinctive sparklers that reflect its unique terroir.
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