Sicily is the biggest Italian island well-known for its delicious food and wine. What makes their cuisine really so delightful is the innate ability of the Sicilians to combine a unique taste with the highest quality.
The climate and fertile soils of the island are the perfect combinations for agriculture of high quality. In fact, the first grapes have been cultivated on the island already around the 17th century BC.
Sicily has now 23 DOC areas (Denominazione di Origine Controllata – Appellation of Controlled Origin) areas and one DOCG area (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita – Appellation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin). The southeast, between Ragusa and Siracusa, produces the only DOCG in Sicily, the famous Cerasuolo di Vittoria, along with the Eloro, Moscato di Noto and Moscato di Siracusa Doc. The largest area of wine production is however located in the western part of the island, in the provinces of Trapani and Palermo, where Marsala, Alcamo, and the numerous versions of Contessa Entellina Doc are produced. Sicily’s main red grape varieties are Nero d’Avola, Shiraz (Syrah), Nerello Mascalese, and Perricone, whereas the white ones are Grecanico, Cataratto, Zibibbo, Grillo, and Trebbiano.
If you are interested in trying the best flavors that this land offers, you should definitely find accommodation in one of the villas anywhere in Sicily and then enjoy your stay living for a while just the way Sicilians do. And of course, don’t forget to gather information about their wine culture.
And now let us have a closer look at the most renowned Sicilian wines
Marsala is a fortified sweet or dry wine produced in the Trapani province, acknowledged with the Denomination of Origin (DOC). In 1773, an English merchant named John Woodhouse landed his ship in the Marsala harbor and decided to use the method “soleras” on the grapes from that area. This way the wine would become fortified and it would be possible for him to take it to England. Marsala was the first DOC wine in Italian wine history and it is one of the most famous products of all of Sicily
A large number of wineries especially in the South-East of Sicily produce this is very popular red wine. It is an indigenous variety, one of the most important in the whole of Italy, and Sicilians are very proud of it. It can be beautifully combined with red meat and mature cheeses.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria
The Cerasuolo is a red wine that requires long aging – at least until the 1st of June of the
year after the harvest. Although it is quite alcoholic, it has a dry, round and harmonious taste.
All operations of drying the grapes, fermentation, aging, and bottling, must be carried out in the area DOCG: the geographical area in which it can be cultivated lies in southeastern Sicily and refers to the provinces of Ragusa, Caltanissetta, and Catania for an extension of about 124,500 hectares.
Malvasia delle Lipari
This wine has a golden yellow or amber color and is famous for its sweet, aromatic, balanced flavor. It can be accompanied by blue cheese, duck liver as well as chocolate desserts. The Malvasia Delle Lipari can also be found in the form of liquor.
Pantelleria is an area DOC that includes wine produced exclusively on the island of Pantelleria in the province of Trapani. There is an enormous variety of wines produced there. The most renowned is Moscato di Pantelleria and Passito di Pantelleria.