Over time, Sicilian wines have carved out an important role among the appellations of origin of the best European wines, acquiring a first-rate reputation on the national and international scene.
Wines of the island in antiquity
Looking at ancient writings and research, the first winemaking techniques were introduced in Sicily by the first Greek settlers. The largest island in the Mediterranean is full of real wine surprises. It has original red wines, fine native varieties, the quality that wine lovers look for in a good glass, before, during or after meals.
Red and white wines
Sicilian wines are characterized by a markedly Mediterranean character. For many decades, the island has had a reputation in the wine industry throughout Europe for its Marsala, which is much appreciated especially in Anglo-Saxon countries. In recent decades, however, it has lost its leading role. Among the grapes of the most famous grape varieties, not wrongly, of the Sicilian island, there are real pearls that give life to superb wines, above all Nero d’Avola. But it is significant to remember, among the many red grapes such as Aglianico, Fiano, Frappato, Nerello capuccio, Nerello mascalese and Perricone. Among the white grapes, instead, Catarratto, Grecanico dorato, Grillo, Inzolia, Malvasia delle Lipari and Moscato di Pantelleria play a role of primary importance for the Sicilian wine economy.
The revolution of the late 80s
Especially at the end of the nineties, the island’s winemakers decided to give greater value to their wines, creating white and red wines at the root, especially by focusing on greater quality, even with a smaller production. This new attitude, nowadays, is bearing fruit: it is no coincidence that the wines of Sicily are considered among the most valuable, able to guarantee an unparalleled quality/price.
The peculiarity of Sicilian wines allows you to play a lot on the combination with food, especially with regional dishes of Sicily. This is how white wines based on Cricket or Catarratto, especially if they come from maritime areas, are the ideal accompaniment for fish, crustaceans and molluscs dishes. Imagine, for example, pasta with sardines, or the typical spaghetti with cuttlefish ink or cous cous alla trapanese, to make some of the most striking examples. The native reds, on the other hand, are perfect for vegetable-based dishes, better if sweet and sour: how not to mention caponata, eggplant rolls or pasta with broccoli?
Sicily wine shop
We have created for you the selection of the best Sicilian wines with online sale. Our wine shop is equipped with over 50 wine labels including: Donnafugata, Firriato, Cusumano, Tasca D’Almerita, Marco De Bartoli, Planeta and many others. Discover all our wines and choose your favorite!