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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Carricante Sicilia Bianco “Sciare Vive”
90% Carricante, 10% indigenous varieties (Minnella, Inzolia, Grecancico, Catarratto) 40 to 100 years old Volcanic, Clay-Limestone 1.5 ha total
Etna Rosso “Sciare Vive”
90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% indigenous varieties (Minnella, Inzolia, Carricante, Grecanico, Catarratto, Malvasia) 50 to 130 years old Volcanic 1.5 ha total
Etna Rosso “Contrada Crasà”
90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% indigenous varieties (Inzolia, Grecanico, Catarratto) Planted in 1930 Volcanic 1.5 ha total
Terre Siciliane Rosso “Donna Bianca”
50% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio, 20% Alicante, 10% indigenous white grapes Planted in 1950 Volcanic 1.5 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Winery located on the northern slope of Mount Etna, near the village of Solicchiata, at 2,500 feet above sea level

• Grapes sorted in the vineyard, harvested by hand

• Natural fermentation

• Wines are neither fined nor filtered

• 500 L oak barrels are all 3 to 4 years old

• Sciare means lava flow in the local dialect

• Vive means alive and is the first two letters of Vigneti Vecchio


Carricante Sicilia Bianco “Sciare Vive”:

• 3 day skin maceration in stainless steel tank

• Must is pressed, then primary and malolactic fermentation in 500-L oak barrels

• Aged 7 months in 500-L oak barrels on lees

• Racked off lees into stainless steel tank 1 month before bottling

• Wines age in bottle for 1 month

• Does not receive Etna Bianco DOC because one parcel is located just outside the appellation boundary

• Vines planted between 1,600 and 2,800 feet above sea level


Etna Rosso “Sciare Vive”:

• Grapes sourced from Contrada Malpasso

• All grape varieties are fermented together

• 12 day skin maceration and primary fermentation in stainless steel tank

• Light punchdowns and pumpovers during fermentation

• Must is pressed, followed by malolactic fermentation in 500 L oak barrels

• Aged 6 months in 500-L oak barrels on lees

• Racked off lees into stainless steel tank 1 month before bottling

• Wines age in bottle for 1 month

• Vines planted at 2,000 feet above sea level


Etna Rosso “Contrada Crasà”:

• Grapes sourced from Contrada Crasà

• All grape varieties are fermented together

• 15 day skin maceration and primary fermentation in stainless steel tank

• Light punchdowns and pumpovers during fermentation

• Must is pressed, followed by malolactic fermentation in 500 L oak barrels

• Aged 9 months in 500-L oak barrels on lees

• Racked off lees into stainless steel tank 1 month before bottling

• Aged in bottle for 8 months

• Vines planted at 2,100 feet above sea level

Terre Siciliane Rosso “Donna Bianca”:

• Vines located in northern Etna, just outside of the Etna DOC

• All grape varieties are fermented together

• Grapes are de-stemmed

• 12-day skin maceration and primary fermentation in stainless steel tank

• Light punch-downs and pump-overs during fermentation

• Aged 9 months in 500-L oak barrels on lees

• Aged 1 month in bottle

• Located at 2,700 feet above sea level

General Information

Country
Italy
Region
Sicily
Appellation(s)
Etna Rosso, Carricante Sicilia
Producer
Rosa La Guzza, Carmelo Vecchio
Founded
2016
Annual Production
450 cases
Farming
Organic (practicing)
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