Solicchiata (Castiglione di Sicilia), Etna
Province of Catania
Owners: Faro family
Winemakers: Michele Faro and Carlo Ferrini
Production: 35,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 11
Mount Etna is Europe’s highest volcano and one of the world’s most active. ‘a Muntagna, as the locals call it, is rich in mineral components and the microclimate – cool nights, warm days and wide ranging temperature variations – endow the wines with extraordinary richness, minerality, fragrance and depth. After World War II many of the vineyards were abandoned until the 1990’s, when a group of young winemakers started reviving the 100 plus year old gnarly vines. Pietradolce, meaning ‘sweet stone’ after the volcanic soil that makes the wines of Etna so unique, was founded in 2005 by Michele Faro and his family.
The vineyards are mostly alberello, Italian for bush vines, and 80-90+ years old. The whites, from the Carricante grape, are grown on the eastern side near Milo and the reds, all made from Nerello Mascalese, come from prime vineyards on the northern side near Solicchiata and include the cru vineyards, locally called contrada, of Rampante and Santo Spirito.
was founded in 2005 by Michele Faro and his family and their vineyards, located are located on the prime northern slopes at Solicchiata, two within the Rampante Contrada and another at Zottorinoto. Pietra dolce means ‘sweet stone’, a reference to the stony volcanic soil that makes the wines of Etna so unique.
Etna Bianco DOC
Etna Bianco DOC ‘Archineri’
Vigna Sant’Andrea IGT
Etna Rosato DOC
Etna Rosso DOC
Etna Rosso DOC ‘Archineri’
Etna Rosso DOC Rampante
Etna Rosso DOC Santo Spirito
Etna Rosso DOC ‘Vigna Barbagalli’