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Wineries in Sicily

The history of Sicilian wine is a complex one: some areas, such as Marsala and Etna, enjoyed international success early on: the wines were exported to different countries – most notably the United Kingdom and France – already in the 18th century, and won several prizes at competitions held during the Universal Expositions between the late 19th and early 20th century.

Trade sanctions issued after the rise to power of the Fascist regime in the 1920s caused a rapid decline in the prestige of such wines, and quantity became the focus of regional production for a large part of the 20th century, with loads of bulk wine shipped north to increase the alcohol and structure of other reds, and either simple and diluted or heavy and overripe wines flooding international markets in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The qualitative renaissance of Sicilian wines was spearheaded by pioneering producers like Planeta, Tasca d’Almerita, Donnafugata and Cusumano in the 1980s and 1990s. Key figures of Italian wine like Andrea Franchetti and Marc de Grazia and local winemaker Salvo Foti also started rescuing forsaken vineyards on Etna, paving the way for the renaissance of this historical wine-growing area.

Nowadays, Sicily is finally garnering international attention, with some of its wines being among Italy’s most sought-after. The best of them display a non-stereotypical expression of the unique growing environment of this sun-kissed region: their compelling aromatic exuberance is allied to vibrancy, precision, and refinement.

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What are the most important Wineries in Sicily?

Big Wineries

  • Cusumano
  • Donnafugata
  • Firriato
  • Florio
  • Planeta
  • Pellegrino
  • Rapitalà
  • Settesoli
  • Tasca d’Almerita

Cult Wineries

  • Arianna Occhipinti
  • Benanti
  • COS
  • Girolamo Russo
  • Graci
  • I Vigneri di Salvo Foti
  • Marco De Bartoli
  • Palari
  • Passopisciaro
  • Tenuta di Fessina
  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Up-and-Coming Wineries

  • Alessandro di Camporeale
  • Baglio del Cristo di Campobello
  • Dei Principi di Spadafora
  • Monteleone
  • Niccolò Grippaldi
  • Paolo Calì
  • Santa Tresa
  • Tornatore

Natural Wine Producers

  • Alessandro Viola
  • Bonavita
  • Cedric Perraud
  • Eduardo Torres Acosta
  • Frank Cornelissen
  • Marabino
  • Marilena Barbera
  • Nino Barraco
  • Porta del Vento
  • Riofavara
  • Serragghia
  • Vino di Anna

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