I wanted to do this video to describe the beauty of my two small vineyards on Mount Etna and to try to tell what I do on the volcano.
The first vineyard on the video is located at 800 meters above sea level on the South-East side of the volcano. This vineyard is just incredible, because it has a beautiful pre-phylloxera heart and it is on the steep slope of Monte Ilice, a 1000 years old crater. The vines of many local grape varieties (including Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante, Catarratto, Zu’ Matteo, Minnella Bianca and Minnella Nera) are planted on black volcanic fine ashes, pretty stunning to be seen.
The second vineyard is on the North-West side of the volcano at 1.100 meters above sea level, it is one of the highest vineyards in Europe. In this vineyard I grow an ancient grape variety called Grecanico Dorato, as they used to do many years ago in that extreme and wild part of Mount Etna. This vineyard is the result of a massal selection lasted 15 years on ancient and abandoned pre-phylloxera vines.
The narrator in the video is Don Alfio, a lovely gentleman, who owned and took care of the Monte Ilice vineyard for over half a century. Don Alfio is emotionally attached to every vine, he sold his incredible vineyard because he wanted to find someone who could take care of it for the next half a century and then hand it over in the best hands. Don Alfio’s experience of over 50 harvests and his continuous help are extremely precious.
I love this vineyard and will do my best.
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