Sicily The marvelous Greek and Roman buildings that adorn this island pay tribute to its strategic importance as the gateway to the Mediterranean. For years Sicily ignored its wine producing potential in favor of citrus and olive oils, but in the last ten years it has made great strides in wine quality. The indigenous red varietals include Nero D'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, and Frappato while well-know whites are Grillo and Inzolia
Al Cantara is a young Catania-based company that has strived to achieve optimal wine quality on the slopes of Mt. Etna. The vineyards lie on volcanic soils at approximately 2000 feet in elevation. Most of these vineyards date back at least 30 years and are part of the Sicilian lore that Etna brings. This company looks to bring the unique mineral composition of the soil into its wines, which are rich with acidity and flavor
In the year 2000, Giuseppe Natoli and Stefania Accorsi decided to embark on a journey to discover ways to develop some of the best fruit in Sicily. The result was a prestigious 'Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri' rating for their excellent Almanera Nero D'Avola 2003. Since that time, the company has expanded its wine portfolio to include outstanding Syrahs and inimitable whites, such as Grillo and Inzolia. The company retains reknown winemaker Riccardo Cotarella as consultant as they strive to maintain quality and value year after year.