ETNA TERROIR On the slopes of the tallest active Volcano in Europe man have dug their terraces sustained by lava stone walls finding in the local varieties Nerello Mascalese and Carricante. the highest expression of this terroir. With great temperature excursions between day and night ( avg 16 degree) a volcanic soil renovated frequently by mother Etna kissed by the sun of Sicily and caressed by the sea breeze all is set for great grapes that need little or no intervention. Etna's vineyards have historically been classified into Contrada's (CRU) each representing different lava stratification micro and meso-climate and a distinctive taste profile. The result is wines that have the austerity of the mountain and the sapidity of the sea and a great ability to age.