Before Mount Etna and its ancient vineyards became a mecca for the new generation of winegrowers, Andrea Franchetti had already decided to make his new wine on side of the volcano. Beginning in 2000, Franchetti acquired an estate in the northern slope of Mount Etna, and began producing complex and powerful reds with an extraordinarily expressive character. Since the very beginning Franchetti has made leaps and bounds. He bought the 40 hectare estate of Passopisciaro; the estate had becomed an infertile land, covered in volcanic rock from recent eruptions. On the fifteen hectares which had had vines, he replanted them. Franchetti then started restoring the old villa in order to move into it. Cesanese, Nerello Mascalese and Petit Verdot are the new vines at an extremely dense planting at 12,000 plants. In the meantime, Franchetti has been purchasing fruit from very old vineyards in the area in order to make his wine, Passopisciaro, which is made with the local grape (Nerello Mascalese)


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Passopisciaro, Sicilia
Type: Red
SRP: $71.00
CSPC: 133850