Another surprise from Etna

by Riccardo Viscardi 11/02/16
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Ancora una sorpresa dall'Etna

Terra Costantino is a small estate with a long history. As is often the case in areas where winemaking is expanding, the original producers in the zone who used to make wine for themselves or would sell their grapes are now bottling their own wine. This is a trend that is taking place throughout Italy.

This estate has manuscripts that show how winegrowing was taking place there already in the middle of the 17th century. However, winemaking is much more recent and began when Dino Costantino, helped by his son Fabio, decided to spruce up his family’s lovely property in Viagrande, on the southeastern slope of Etna. The vineyard is a single one extending 10 hectares, something are for winegrowing on the volcano.

Their Etna Bianco Contrada Blandano is a classic blend of Carricante and Catarratto of which some 3,000 bottles are produced a year. The grapes are from an over-30-year-old, alberello-trained vines that have a density of 8,000 rootstocks per hectare that yield 5,000kg per hectare. The vineyard has altitudes ranging from 450 to 550m above sea level and the estate is certified organic.

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