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Contrada Pianodario

A typical Etnean vineyard composed of 99 terraces with Nerello Mascalese vines. The ventilation, exposure, and particular altitude cause a slow ripening cycle with harvest time around the first ten days of November. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tank, followed by aging in 25 hl Slavonian oak barrels. It is a wine with a light ruby color that stands out for its floral notes on the nose and finesse on the palate. The soft tannins provide a long and complex finish.

VINEYARD

Contrada Pianodario is one of the four “contrada” (district) where we live and work on Etna. It is located at an average altitude of 775 m.s.l. on the northern slope, between the areas of Montelaguardia and Randazzo. It is an 11.39-hectare vineyard, of which 8.84 hectares are vineyards planted in 2011. The type of training system chosen is mainly bush vine “against the wall with a very low percentage of bush vine on untreated chestnut poles, a typical “signature style” of Etna’s vineyards.

SOIL

Characterized by distinct layers in which soil between 4,000 and 15,000 years old are found under a soil cover on much older soils (40,000 to 40,000 years old).

Characteristics

  • 1. Flavor intensity
  • 2. Body
  • 3. Tannin
  • 4. Acidity
  • 5. Alcohol

Details

As a certified B Corp, we are proud to be part of a global movement of companies committed to upholding high standards of social and environmental impact.
As members of Sostain, we join an association of winemakers dedicated to the sustainable development of Sicily.
We are part of a select group of winemakers, ambassadors of sustainability, who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts in practicing environmentally friendly viticulture in the face of evolving climate challenges.

Grapes: Nerello Mascalese
Appellation: Red – Etna DOC
Production area: North slopes of Etna volcano – Contrada Pianodario. Randazzo, Catania – Sicily
Soil: volcanic formations that are between 4,000 and 15,000 years old
Year planted: 2010
Elevation: 775 m.a.s.l.
Exposure: northeast – southwest
Training system: espalier
Pruning system: walled bush vines
Vines per ha: 7,000
Yields per ha: 74 ql
Harvest: November 5th
Fermentation: traditional for reds
Fermentation temperature: 25-30°C
Duration of fermentation: 8 days
Malolactic fermentation: fully developed
Aging: 12 months in 25hl oak Slavonian oak barrels
Alcohol content: 13% Vol.
Wine analytical data: pH 3.26 – TA 6.75 g/l – RS 0.61 g/l – TE 25.4 g/l
Contains sulphites

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Awards

  • Vintage 2019
    Guide James Suckling
    Award 94/100
  • Vintage 2019
    Guide Falstaff
    Award 93/100
  • Vintage 2019
    Guide Slow Wine
    Award Top Wine
  • Vintage 2017
    Guide Wine Enthusiast
    Award 95/100
  • Vintage 2017
    Guide James Suckling
    Award 94/100
  • Vintage 2017
    Guide Robert Parker
    Award 93/100
  • Vintage 2017
    Guide Jancis Robinson
    Award 17/20
  • Vintage 2017
    Guide Falstaff
    Award 95/100
  • Vintage 2017
    Guide Slow Wine
    Award Top Wine
  • Vintage 2016
    Guide Decanter
    Award 94/100
  • Vintage 2016
    Guide Wine Enthusiast
    Award 96/100
  • Vintage 2016
    Guide Jancis Robinson
    Award 16,5/20
  • Vintage 2016
    Guide Robert Parker
    Award 93/100
  • Vintage 2016
    Guide Vinous
    Award 89/100
  • Vintage 2016
    Guide Vinibuoni d’Italia
    Award Quattro Stelle
  • Vintage 2016
    Guide Slow Wine
    Award Grande Vino
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