Nerello Mascalese

Nerello mascalese, also known as Negrello (Niuriddu mascalisi in Sicilian) is a vine that grows mainly on Etna, in the province of Catania, and, in the area of ​​Torre Faro in the province of Messina. It accounts for 80-100% of the production of Etna DOC wine; 45-60% for the production of Faro DOC wine. Autochthonous vine of the slopes of Etna, its birth is lost in the mists of time. It is traditionally grown between 350 and 1000 s.l.m. in the alberello form, but today also with spurred cordon. Its name is due to the fact that for centuries it has been cultivated in the area of ​​the County of Mascali on land consisting, for the most part, of volcanic sands. Another area of ​​cultivation, also rich in structures that produce our own wine is that of Passopisciaro, Trecastagni, Biancavilla, Viagrande and others. Its grapes have a characteristic oblong and light red color. It matures very late and its harvest is carried out between the second and third week of October. Wines produced with this vine are of high alcohol content (13-14 °) and very often, but not always, destined for long aging. The wines produced from the vinification of this vine have great variability depending on the area of ​​cultivation. The nerello mascalese, in fact, like other noble vines (nebbiolo, pinot nero), has a remarkable sensitivity to the vintage and to the territory of origin.

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O'Scuru O'Scuru by Al-Cantàra is a wine that is born in the shadow of Etna, in a valley between the mountains of the Nebrodi and the volcano. Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio handpicked and aged 24 months in steel and wood give life to this magnificent red. Ideal with boiled, roasted red meat, game, fresh cheeses

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'Erse' Etna DOC Rosso, a blend of Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese grapes, is the quintessential representation of a traditional Etnean vineyard. Erse is Fessina’s most fragrant Etna DOC wine and is named after the Greek goddess of dew. A “morning wine” because of its intensely fruity notes and pleasant freshness. The grapes come from a vineyard lying on an east-facing slope and, thus, shaded from the afternoon heat. An elegant and terroir-driven wine, full-bodied and silky-textured. Immediately enjoyable, it makes the ideal everyday table wine. 

The Etna Rosso DOC 'Sul Vulcano' by Donnafugata, is a surprising volcanic red. Red with an elegant bouquet with notes of berries and floral hints; delicate nuances of cinnamon and nutmeg are added. Excellent taste-olfactory correspondence with a good freshness and a harmonious tannin. Long and balanced in the final. 



The Etna Rosso Contrada Montelaguardia DOC 'Fragore' by Donnafugata is an extraordinary Nerello Mascalese with an aging of 14 months in French oak barrels and an aging of a further 10 months in bottle. The label, a work of art by illustrator Stefano Vitale, completes this little masterpiece. 

Also available in Deluxe Gift Box.



Nerello Mascalese 'Eruzione 1614' by Planeta bears a strongly evocative name for the Etna Cru based on Nerello Mascalese: the legendary eruption of 1614, which lasted 10 years, the longest of all time, stopped at the border of the vineyards of Sciaranuova. Black earth in altitude gives an elegant, fine and balanced style. Great.

'Faro' by Le Casematte is one of the most promising Sicilian wines. Blend of 4 different Sicilian autochthonous varieties, it is left to mature in French oak barrels. Elegant sip, seductive harmony and emotional flanked by a refined freshness and a typical flavor. Able to conquer the tastes of the most expert wine connoisseurs. Absolute wine, not to be missed.


'Tascante' is a Nerello Mascalese by Tasca Conti d'Almerita is austere and elegant, tannic to the right point, purple and pink canine, focaccia. Like the Etna that is disruptive, but never brazen, so its grapes, which grow on somewhat sidereal, black and dry walled landscapes. The Sciaranova contrada vineyards are over 50 years old and are exposed to the northeast.

The Etna Rosso Gift Box Contrada Montelaguardia 'Fragore' by Donnafugata is a small work of art both for wine and for the richly decorated wooden box. Fragore is a Nerello Mascalese with 14 months aging in French oak barrels and a further 10 months in bottle. The label, a work of art by the illustrator Stefano Vitale, completes this little masterpiece.