Province of Catania
Owners: Faro family
Winemakers: Michele Faro and Carlo Ferrini
Production: 35,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 11
Mount Etna is Europe’s highest volcano and one of the world’s most active. ‘a Muntagna, as the locals call it, is rich in mineral components and the microclimate – cool nights, warm days and wide ranging temperature variations – endow the wines with extraordinary richness, minerality, fragrance and depth. After World War II many of the vineyards were abandoned until the 1990’s, when a group of young winemakers started reviving the 100 plus year old gnarly vines. Pietradolce, meaning ‘sweet stone’, was founded in 2005 by Michele Faro and his family and their Nerello vineyards are located on the prime northern slopes at Solicchiata, two within the Rampante Contrada and another at Zottorinoto. Pietra dolce means ‘sweet stone’, a reference to the stony volcanic soil that makes the wines of Etna so unique.
Wines by PIETRADOLCE
- 2019 Etna Bianco DOC (Carricante)