As we move through sunny September, we selected a wine grown on the volcanic island of Sicily to be our Wine of the Month. The wine in question is OcchiPinti SP68 and will be showcased at Hannibal Brown’s portfolio tasting tomorrow night (if you fancy coming along, details are HERE>).
It’s extraordinary to think that volcanic soils are amongst the most fertile, yet it’s true. As volcanic soils begin to age, they begin the processing of breaking down, releasing the very nutrients and minerals that allow plants to prosper – nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and chlorophyll. And because volcanic soil is virgin soil, it’s entirely organic with no chemical fertilizers, additives or the like, so no unwelcome contaminants.
With Mount Etna anything but dormant, grapes have been thriving on the foothills for centuries. Generally, the higher the altitude of the vines, the better the quality (cooler temperatures mean longer, more even grape maturation on the vine).
Look out for this and other Sicilian wines – they rate amongst the most naturally produced wines in the world.
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