L’Ottava isola – Etna Red DOC Bio



  PRODUCER:  I Vigneri


  TYPE:  Nerello Mascalese 80% and Nerello Cappuccio 20%

  SUB WINE REGION: Passopisciaro, north slope of Etna


Traditionally produced from a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, Etna Rosso Ottava Isola is the Aeolian Islands in a nutshell: volcanic warmth and freshness, sea and mountains, sun and snow.
Ruby red in colour with garnet-coloured highlights, like the lava and magma expelled from the volcano that makes the earth so fertile, Etna Rosso Ottava Isola is an extremely vibrant wine.
It has an intense aroma with hints of vanilla, ripe fruit and tobacco; its flavour is elegant, harmonious, lingering and tannic to just the right degree.


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Additional Information

Weight 1.2 kg

The "Maestranza dei Vigneri" ("Winegrowers Guild") was established in Catania in 1435. This important association of vine cultivators working in the Etna region was the foundation stone for professionalism in wine growing and production.
After 500 years, I Vigneri is today the name of a company of winegrowers and producers operating around Etna and in eastern Sicily. The proprietors are vine experts like Salvo Foti ( and a group of local growers from the Etna region.
I Vigneri is the culmination of more than 30 years experience in Eastern Sicily, of historic, social and technical research aimed at achieving "excellence" in wine growing and producing. We have sought to use non-invasive methods and systems, to respect local traditions and our own ancient grape varieties as far as possible, and to avoid the damage that over-reaching ambition and egoism can cause. Our work ethic lies in the pleasure of work well done, without frenzy, in harmony above all with ourselves, and with all that surrounds us: environment, nature, the volcano Etna, which is so much a part of us. I Vigneri is also a holistic system of grape growing and wine production which respects our environment.

Type: Dry red wine
Classification: Etna Red DOC
Production area: Passopisciaro (nowadays called feudo di Mezzo),
north slope of Etna volcano.
Climate: High hillside climate, with great temperature difference
between day and night.
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with subacid reaction.
Altitude: 700 mt. a.s.l.
Grape variety: Nerello Mascalese 80%, Nerello Cappuccio 20%
Grape growing: Alberello technique (free standing bush)
Density of implantation: 9000 stumps per hectare
Alcohol content: 13,5% - 14%
Grape harvest: October, between the fi rst and second decade. Handpicked with bunches selection.
Vinification: Crushing of whole grapes and grapes without the stalks. Red vinification process, without temperature control, long maceration with some whole grapes. Wine is drawn off from the vat and transferred to barrels to allow malolactic fermentation. After about twelve months it is drawn off in a steel
vat. No must clarifi cation, only static settling. Wine is decanted repeatedly to obtain natural clarification and then placed in bottles.
Refinement. in bottle about 12 months
Estimated ageing capacity: 15 years minimum
Tasting temperature: 16°C

Appearance: Deep ruby red
Nose: Red fruit and underbrush aromas with dried flowers and hints of tobacco and liquorice.
Palate: Great balance between the important volcanic structure
and the varieties and vinifi cation elegance. Nicely tannic and very persistent.
Food pairing: Excellent with fi rst dishes with sauces, meat,
game and aged cheeses.