The island-continent in the heart of the Mediterranean sea
Sicily: a complex mosaic of different wine terroirs
Sicily lies in the heart of the Mediterranean basin, its southern reaches almost grazing Africa. Lapped by the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea, this sun-drenched isle beckons with tales as old as time. The biggest island in the Mediterranean sea, innumerable civilizations have inhabited its coasts and valleys throughout the centuries, each leaving an indelible mark on Sicilian dialects, cuisine, and architecture.
Italy’s largest region, Sicily is also the largest island in the Mediterranean – slightly bigger than Sardinia and a bit smaller than the combined area of the other three large Mediterranean islands (Cyprus, Corsica and Crete). Lying in the heart of the southern Mediterranean Sea, a mix of Greek, Arab, Norman and Roman influences shapes its unique culture.
Sicily is the biggest wine-producing region in Italy, and houses the country’s largest quantity of hillside vineyards. With the altitude of the parcels ranging from zero to over 1,000 meters above sea level, it boasts an intricate patchwork of different terroirs.