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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vino Bianco “Caravan Petrol”
Field blend: Carricante, Catarratto, Minella, Pizzutella 120 years Volcanic 1.7 ha total
Vino Rosato “SuperLuna”
90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio 120 years Volcanic 1.7 ha total
Vino Rosso “I Nove Fratelli”
90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio 120 years Volcanic 1.7 ha total
Nocino
Walnuts, clove, neutral spirit, white wine, water N/A Volcanic 1.7 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Fermentations are spontaneous with indigenous yeasts
• Wines bottled unfined and unfiltered

• Hand harvested, grapes sorted in the vineyard


Vino Bianco “Caravan Petrol”:
• Grapes are lightly crushed without destemming
• Skin maceration for a day and a half, then grapes are pressed in a vertical basket press
• Fermented and aged in a 500-L chestnut barrel for 9 months
• Aged 2 months in bottle before release
• No added sulfur
• “Caravan Petrol” is a tongue-in-cheek name for the phenomenon that Federica and Cesare have observed of newcomers buying land for vineyards on Etna, completely changing the landscape with bulldozers and other machinery in an effort to profit off of Etna's popularity. It is also a nod to a Neapolitan song from the 1950s with the title “Caravan Petrol”.

Vino Rosato “SuperLuna”:

• Grapes are de-stemmed
• Lightly crushed grapes macerate in small wooden vats for about an hour ("the time it takes to eat lunch")
• Pressed in a vertical basket press and fermented in 500-L old oak barrels
• Undergoes malolactic fermentation

Vino Rosso “I Nove Fratelli”:

• Grapes crushed by foot, fed into tank by gravity

• Tanks for fermentation are made from volcanic rocks covered in cement

• Fermentation with indigenous yeasts lasts 20 days

• Regular punchdowns at beginning of fermentation, punchdowns end when fermentation is fully going

• Wine is aged in 500L, old, oak barrels for 15 months


Liquore Nocino:
• Walnuts sourced from the domanie’s orchard, on Mount Etna
• As is often the tradition with harvesting walnuts for Nocino, the walnuts are harvested on San Giovanni’s Day, June 24th, in Italy. Click here for a more in-depth history of the traditions and history of Nocino.
• Chopped, green walnuts are added to 100% pure corn alcohol from an Italian distillery and are macerated for 60 days with cloves. No sweetener, like sugar, is added during the process.
• After 60 days, Nocino is removed from the walnuts and cloves, and then continues to age in tank. During this time, local white wine and purified water are added to balance out taste and alcohol percentage (35%).
• Nocino ages in tank until bottling, the year following the June harvest. Nocino ages and develops in bottle for many years.

General Information

Country
Italy
Region
Sicily
Appellation(s)
Etna
Producer
Federica Turillo and Cesare Fulvio
Founded
2005
Annual Production
350 cases
Farming
Organic (certified), Biodynamic (practicing)
Website
http://www.masseriadelpino.it
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