NERELLO MASCALESE [neh-REHL-loh MAHS-kah-LEH-zeh]
NERELLO CAPPUCCIO [neh-REHL-loh cap-POOH-cho]
These two grapes are the reason why Mt. Etna has become the most important region in Sicily, and perhaps all of Southern Italy, in the past two decades. Despite their obvious differences, these two (as well as a third, Nocera) were traditionally interplanted with one another and field blends were commonplace. The grapes have been growing here on this iconic volcano for several generations, but only in the past few decades has the true potential of the wines been unlocked, and the ceiling for world class wines seems nowhere in sight. As you can imagine, however, there isn’t much land to go around and so the growing popularity of it is coming at a premium.