Planted according to ancient rules and respect for the land

Local vineyards

Pontale Palino's Vineyard

Contrada Pontale Palino extends into the territory of Solicchiata, just in front of Castiglione di Sicilia. It is certainly one of the districts with the greatest wine-growing vocation in the whole northern sector of Etna thanks to its lava soils. Just Pontale Palino suffered, in the years between 1879 and 1883, a series of eruptive episodes that characterized its morphology. Theresa Eccher was able to take possession of an ancient vineyard, located in the heart of the Contrada and reared in the traditional form of the Etna tree. A property that was planted between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, before the arrival of the phylloxera epidemic which destroyed 94% of European vineyards. A free footed vineyard, therefore, which still today shows itself proudly alive and productive, even if the quantities of grapes harvested are really very limited. On the other hand, the quality of the wines produced is excellent. Altero, Theresa Eccher’s Cru, is born here in Pontale Palino.

Region
Sicily
Altitude
745 m asl
Planted Varietals
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
Climate
During the day Sunny and very hot, around 30-35 C ° in the evening temperatures can reach 5 C °
Soil
volcanic, presence of sand and volcanic ash

Our prideContrada Mugunazza's Vineyard

On the border between the territories of Solicchiata di Castiglione di Sicilia and Passopisciaro, facing north-east, is the spurred cordon vineyard that produces Carricante, Catarratto. Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. A modern plant, planted about 20 years ago, in full production. It has an average yield of 70 quintals per hectare (it was 80 until 2019, but the new Etna Doc specification has lowered the permitted yields).

Region
Sicily
Altitude
745 m asl
Planted Varietals
Carricante, Catarratto
Climate
During the day Sunny and very hot, around 30-35 C ° in the evening temperatures can reach 5 C °
Soil
volcanic, presence of sand and volcanic ash

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745 m asl
Altitude
647 mm
Annual rain
30 degrees
Average temperature
4
Grape varieties