Andrew Guard

2018 Etna Rosso 'San Nicolo', Ciro Biondi

“San Nicolo’” 1/2 hectares in Contrada Ronzini, this vineyard was owned by Angelina Biondi, great aunt ofCiro, she was a fantastic person, died at the age of 99, with a great sense of humor and young spirit. The vines lie on the side of a spent crater, which is 12.000 years old and is very steep with supporting dry stone terraced walls. The soil is very rich in iron especially on the top, where there is red pumice. All the vines in this vineyard are ungrafted.

Spanning just five hectares, the Ciro Biondi winery is relatively new, having been founded in 1999. Ciro Biondi’s ancestors bottled wine under the Biondi name more than a century ago with an assortment of vineyard holdings passed down through the generations.

Ciro, an architect, renovated an old stone winery structure in one of the three small, lovingly restored vineyards he owns in and around the village of Trecastagni. All three sites sit at altitudes ranging from 600-700 meters, with east/southeast expositions and soils comprised mainly of Etna’s black, mineral-rich volcanic pumice.

Biondi's white wines come from Etna’s native Carricante grape, which continues to grow in esteem among wine lovers and comprises 90% of the blend supported by Catarratto, Malvasia, and Minella.

The red wines are produced from Nerello Mascalese, with the permitted addition of up to 20% Nerello Cappuccio. The south side of Etna tends to produce wines that are more subtle, more Pinot-like, often paler in color than the north side (and for this reason often blended with Nerello Capuccio, a darker variety than Nerello Mascalese).

This is indeed an exiting source of fine wine and we are very proud to be representing them.