Exploring Etna: Sicily’s Hottest Wine Region (VIDEO)

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Unearthing the Energetic, Exciting & Elegant Wines of Etna

Federico Lombardo di Monte Iato & Monique Soltani

Jancis Robinson called Etna the “burgundy of the Mediterranean” nearly 10 years ago, but it took a while for the rest of the wine world to catch on.

Today, any top Somm will tell you Etna wines are some of the hottest and most sought after wines in the world right now. So what makes these Sicilian wines shine?

In this video Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani heads back to Sicily. This time to the east side of the island to explore the Etna wine region with Federico Lombardo di Monte Iato of Firrato Winery.

Monique Soltani in Catania

Our adventure begins in Catania. Sicily’s second biggest city is located on the east coast of the island and at the foot of Mount Etna. The city has been buried by lava a total of seventeen times in recorded history.

Monique Soltani at Cavanera Etnea

Then it’s off to explore the vibrant volcano wine region. Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. The landscape ranges from barren black lava to lush vineyards, and is home to one of Sicily’s most exciting wine regions.

The majority of Etna reds are made from indigenous grapes: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio.

Taormina, Sicily

The whites are produced from Catarratto, Carricante, Trebbiano and Minnella grapes.

We finish our epic adventure with an elegant food and wine pairing in Taormina. A popular hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily.

The touristy town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman theater still used today.

*This video was produced in partnership Gran Via Società e Comunicazione.

Monique Soltani

Monique Soltani is the Executive Producer and Host of Wine Oh TV. Wine Oh TV is the only weekly wine show on television. Watch Wine Oh TV with Monique Soltani Wednesdays at 8:30pm on Comcast (Ch. 104/819HD).

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PUBLISHED DATE: December 5th, 2017 | WINE CATEGORY: Travel & Lifestyle, Videos
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