Region Overview-Sicily

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SICILY

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and has been a major hub for travel within the region for thousands of years. Greeks called it Trinacria because of its triangular shape, and it was also nicknamed the Island of the Sun. In addition the Greeks, Sicily was also invaded and influenced by the Muslims, who brought their process for drying grapes into raisins, called “uva sultana,” or the “Sultan’s grapes,” in their honor. In addition, the name Marsala comes from the Arab Marsah-el-Allah, or Port of Allah. Among Italy’s 20 wine-producing regions, Sicily ranks 3rd, and among its 5% DOC production, 70% are white wines. Sicily has one of the longest histories with winemaking and is believed to be the first place where the word “vino” was used.

IMPORTANT GRAPE VARIETIES:
IMPORTANT WINE TYPES:
White Red
  • Inzolia
  • Catarratto
  • Bianco
  • Grecanico
  • Grillo
  • Malvasia di Lipari
  • Zibibbo
  • Nero d’Avola
  • Nerello
  • Barbera
  • Cabernet
  • Gaglioppo
  • Sangiovese
White Red
  • Malvasia di Lipari
  • Moscato di Pantelleria
  • Noto
  • Siracusa
  • Alcamo
  • Cerasuolo di Vittoria
  • Faro
  • Etna
  • Marsala
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