REGION: Catonia, Sicily, Italy
Even after just six vintages, winemaker and owner Federico Curtaz have created a winery which continually delivers some of the best wines made in Sicily. Of Gaja fame, Curtaz moved to Sicily after falling in love with one of the oldest vineyards in the region; Nerello Mascalese from Etna. The winery bought the vineyard and focused on producing the native varieties, Nerello, Nero D’Avola and Carricante.
Tuscan wine producer Silvia Maestrelli, and Federico Curtaz bought Tenuta di Fessina on Etna’s northern slopes in 2007, part of the growing band of producers on this active volcano. From just a decade ago numbers have increased almost tenfold to around 40 wineries, all of whom make less than 3% of Sicily’s total production.
The winery is located on Mount Etna, in Rovittello, working mainly with local varieties. However, they produce one Nero d’Avola because they fell in love with one amazing 70-year-old vineyard, the grapes from which are blended with those of another to give the best aromatics and acidity.