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.
The Etna Rosato DOC 'Sul Vulcano' by Donnafugata, is the son of nerello mascalese vineyards grown at over 700 meters above sea level and whose grapes are vinified in purity. Typical and fascinating, thanks to its freshness and territoriality, 'Sul Vulcano' gives smoothness and fruit, fragrance and flavor, transporting us directly along the slopes of Etna, depicted on the label. Extremely versatile in gastronomic combinations, it makes you fall in love right from the first sip.
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'Rosa' Dolce & Gabbana by Donnafugata is the result of an original blend of two black grape varieties, among the most representative of Sicilian viticulture. Nerello Mascalese and Nocera. Nerello Mascalese grown on volcanic soils, at high altitude, manages to express minerality and a refined floral component. Nocera is an almost forgotten ancient variety with a prestigious past. It was chosen because it reaches an ideal sugar ripeness with a high level of acidity. The result is a fragrant and persistent rosé wine, with a captivating fruity bouquet. Perfect for aperitifs, raw fish, vegetarian dishes and delicate meats. Limited edition gift box and label.