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Etna Rosso "Guardiola"

Wine name:Etna Rosso "Guardiola"

Appellation:ETNA ROSSO DOC

Zone:Guardiola district - Castiglione di Sicilia (Catania)


Vineyard extension (hectares):1.5

Blend:98% Nerello Mascalese 2% Nerello Cappuccio

Vineyard age (year of planting):Nerello Cappuccio 1967,1947 Nerello Mascalese 1967,1947

Soil Type:Volcanic with sand, pumice and volcanic ash, quite skeletal

Exposure:The vineyards stand on the northern slopes of the Etna Volcano

Altitude:850-900 meters above sea level

Colour:pale ruby red with orange hues

Nose:Complex, with a balsamic note reminiscent of Mediterranean wild herbs

Flavour:Elegant, well balanced, with a pleasant tannic-acid note

Serving temperature (°C):18-20

Match with:Meat, seasoned cheese

Average no. bottles/year:5,000

Grape yield per hectare tons:3.5-4.5


First released vintage 2002. Vine training system: en goblet, modified en goblet. Harvest: 10-20th of October

Vinification and ageing

Alcoholic fermentation and maceration with the skins with temperature control (28-30 degrees Celsius). Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine then matures for 16-18 months in French oak barriques, tonneaux alnd large casks (10-30 hectolitres). 20% new wood and for 1 month in steel. 

Wine Producer



Address:Contrada Calderara - Casella Postale 62 95036 Randazzo CT

Owner:Marco and Sebastian de Grazia

Year of establishment:2002

Total annual production:250000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):30

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):5.5ha Carricante 1ha Nerello Cappuccio 23ha Nerello Mascalese 0.5ha other white berry varietals

Vine training system:
en goblet

Cultivation method in the vineyard:the aisles (between the rows of vines) are tilled

Type of viticulture:the estate has been in the conversion phase to organic viticulture since 2007. It is officially certified organic starting from the 2010 vintage.

Harvest period:mid October

Agronomist:Calogero Statella

Oenologist:Calogero Statella


The estate is located on the northern slopes of the volcano, with vineyards between the village of Solicchiata and the town of Randazzo, the area historically recognized as the finest in the appellation for fine red wines. The property consists of 36 hectares, divided into 15 parcels in five crus, with a total vineyard surface of 30 hectares. Except for 6 hectares recently planted, the vines of the rest are between 50 and 100 years old. The vines of one parcel, having survived phylloxera, have reached the venerable age of 130-140 years old. The soils differ very much from cru to cru, and even within the crus themselves. The same is true of the altitudes, our vineyards ranging between 600 and 1,000 metres above sea level.
Four parcels lie in Calderara Sottana at an elevation of 600-700 metres. By far the rockiest cru in the appellation, in the roughest parts you can’t see the soil for the black volcanic pumice carpeting the vineyards.
Two vineyards lie in Guardiola, between 800 and 900 metres altitude, on very poor soil: volcanic sand mixed with basaltic pebbles and traces of ash.
Two more properties lie in Feudo di Mezzo. Very old vines, also terraced, traditional alberello plantings, very tightly spaced, also worked exclusively by hand. Loose deep volcanic ash roughed up by a good measure of small volcanic pebbles.
Two vineyards lie in Santo Spirito.
A new property has recently been bought in Contrada San Lorenzo.
Besides estate owned vineyards, Terre Nere has long term leases on 4 hectares and buys grapes from small local vignerons who follow organic procedures.
All the wines are produced from local varieties, and all are D.O.C. Etna. Three versions of Etna Bianco are produced. .

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