Etna Rosso "Pignatuni"
Wine name:Etna Rosso "Pignatuni"
Appellation:ETNA ROSSO DOC
Zone:Pignatuni district, commune of Randazzo (province of Catania)
Vineyard extension (hectares):0.30
Blend:98% Nerello Mascalese 2% Nerello Cappuccio
Vineyard age (year of planting):Nerello Cappuccio 1950 Nerello Mascalese 1950
Soil Type:Volcanic (volcanic ash with black pumice and volcanic rock)
Exposure:Northern slope of Mount Etna
Altitude:750 meters above sea level
Colour:intense and bright ruby red
Nose:Typical, red fruit, mineral notes
Flavour:Full in the mouth, similar to Burgundy wines, elegant, fresh
Serving temperature (°C):18-20
Match with:Meat dishes, seasoned cheese
Average no. bottles/year:1,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:4
First released vintage: 2011
Vinification and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation and maceration with the skins for approx. 10 days, malolactic fermentation and ageing in oak (20% new). The wine is bottled after 18 months without being filtered.
Address:Loc. Calderara 9036 Randazzo (Catania)
Owner:Marco de Grazia
Year of establishment:2006
Total annual production:20000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1ha Carricante 0.5ha Nerello Cappuccio 3ha Nerello Mascalese
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:The soil in the vineyards is tilled
Type of viticulture:practicing organic
Harvest period:First ten days of October
This small estate on the northern slope of Mount Etna was recently established by Marco de Grazia, owner of the nearby Tenuta delle Terre Nere. “Establishing Le Vigne di Eli - Marco says - was effortless. A simple act of love towards my little daughter Elena (Eli). It happened in 2006. I was offered first one, then another, tiny vineyard, both in exceptional crus: Feudo di Mezzo and Moganazzi-Voltasciara. I bought them, and since the parcels were so small and fine, I was somehow reminded of Elena. Thus, Le Vigne di Eli was born. To use Elena’s drawings as labels came naturally because I love her art work. And equally naturally came the impulse to have this “child’s estate” be a help to children in need. Thus a substantial part of the small proceeds go to a childrens’ hospital, the Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer in Florence. With this, the “children’s project came full circle.
Today, seeing the growing appreciation for Eli’s very fine wines, I’ve selected more tiny parcels of outstanding quality, contracting them, and releasing a bit more very fine wine. This includes a lovely Etna Bianco from a vineyard in Milo. And in the future I know I’ll surely be tempted by other precious little parcels. We’ll just have to wait and see.”