Etna Urban Winery
The slopes of the Etna volcano in Sicily are the cradle a centuries-old winemaking tradition. Our family planted a vineyard and built a Palmento (historic winery) in 1790 in the San Gregorio area of Catania, an activity that has continued for almost 200 years over several generations, until it was abandoned in the 1960s.
In 2018, eight cousins decided to resume the family tradition by re-planting rooted cuttings of historically cultivated native varieties (Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante above all). The estate has in the meantime been reached and partially surrounded by the growing city of Catania, which miraculously did not demage the relics of the anthropological and representative heritage of Etnean historical viticulture, including the Palmento (historic cellar), a domed construction categorized by experts as an Etnean “Cuba”, with dry stone walls and hand-carved stone seats.
Thus was born Etna Urban Winery (www.etnaurbanwinery.it) In 2021 we had our first harvest after more than 50 years from the previous one, and the first tourists visited this places of rebirth, to take a tour of the urban vineyards and del Palmento, to finish with a tasting of wines and dishes from our territory.