Etna. The wines of the Volcano
14x21,4, ISBN 978-88-7751-463-9,
ill. - Cod: 202003
Every bottle of wine is a book to be carefully read. We should know something about
the author, the setting and when it was written. From each bottle we will learn an
always changing story, which can be constantly traced back to the territory, vines and
culture of the women and men who produced it. Before evaluating or criticizing a
wine, as we should do with people, we need to study the bottle we are tasting. We
must let knowledge take precedent over judgment. Knowing helps us understand and
carry out a solid assessment. A fine wine is a balanced and complex wine. Balance
and harmony in a wine are something intrinsic, immediately perceived by all our
This includes hearing, as every wine poured into the glass has its own sound. These
perceptions come from far away the grapes, vineyard, vine, environment (climate
and soil), people (individuals and culture). A balanced vine, with the correct leaf-fruit
surface ratio, adapted to the environment and in keeping with the woman or man who
cultivates it, can only give a harmonious and complex wine.
It is impossible to define what a quality wine is. This would be like defining or finding
a flawless man or woman. Our way of being, as well as wine, is relative. It depends on
the environment (the area) where you live, your past (vineyard and varieties), the
present (the vintage), your culture (the winegrower, the winemaker), a specific
moment (winemaking) as well as the future (refining and ageing).
There are two types of wine: the wine of a person and the wine of people. The former
has a lifetime associated with a person, while the latter depends on a civilization, a
territory, and goes beyond, outliving a single man or woman.
Wine from Mt. Etna means wine of the people.
Premise, Salvo Foti Preface, Rocco Di Stefano Between history and mythology
The palmento of Mt. Etna The etnean Alberello beauty and excellence The
antique winemaking traditions of Etna Bygone stories I Vigneri The pedoclimatic
environment of Mt. Etna Contrade and faces of Mt. Etna Current situation
Climate change Viticulture and the environment Wine, humankind and nature Mt.
Etnas indigenous grapes Etnas verticality Minerality Ancient vineyards and new
technology for high-quality wines The products of Mt. Etna Notes References