Sicily in a glass
With such a wonderfully sunny climate, Sicily had to be the right place for growing olives, citrus, and vines. The latter, being a mainstay of the regional economy. Even Homer spared some good words on the Sicilian wine in the Odyssey, calling it 'the stuff of legends'.
Local wine production is highly distinctive. Particularly renowned is the DOC wine-growing terroirs around mount Etna, whose nutrient-rich volcanic soil comes through mineral undertones in the white grapes. Generating impressive crisp, bright whites ideal for spring and summer drinks, and the bold, elegant Nerello red wine varieties, Sicily is a target for wine connoisseurs.
On the southern coastal areas of the island is where you'll find the vineyards of the most important and planted Sicilian grape, the Nero d'Avola. Translating into 'Black d'Avola' due to its dark colour, this pillar of local production makes for a solid and fruity red wine of the highest quality. And further South, the windy little island of Pantelleria boasts the excellent sweet passito variety, the Zibibbo, aka Muskat of Alexandria, a wine that is 5000 years old. With such an aromatic nature, this immortal grape is very dessert friendly and will match perfectly with the almond cookies, biscotti, and honey soaked baklava served at the wedding table.
RECOMMENDED WINES: Marsala, Moscato di Siracusa, Contea di Sclafani, Mamertino, Pantelleria, Vittoria, Anthìlia, Gibelè, Lumera, Ramione, Zibibbo, Nero d'Avola