Le Vigne de Eli – Mt Etna – born out of a single act of love
Published on: May 27, 2024

A tiny boutique Estate on the northern slope of the Etna volcano, Le Vigne di Eli was established in 2006 by Marco de Grazia, founder of the iconic Tenuta delle Terre Nere.

Establishing Le Vigne di Eli – Marco says was effortless.

“A simple act of love towards my little daughter Elena (Eli).  I was offered the first one, then another tiny vineyard, both in exceptional crus: Feudo di Mezzo and Moganazzi-Voltasciara. I bought them, and since the parcels were so small and fine, I was somehow reminded of Elena. Thus, Le Vigne di Eli was born”.

From the very beginning Elena welcomed with joy the idea of creating special drawings for her bottles, and since then she has designed the labels herself. She is the leading light of the entire project.

Then came the idea of devoting this exclusive and tender child’s production to children in need. Today a meaningful part of the proceeds from Le Vigne di Eli go to the Meyer Pediatric Foundation Hospital in Florence. Over time Le Vigne di Eli wines started showing great character and complexity, freshness and elegance, as well as beautiful aging potential.

Therefore, Marco decided to select a few more plots of important quality in order to ensure the annual production of these beautiful wines. The whole production consists of 8,000 bottles and it includes four different wines, all produced from organically farmed vineyards planted with the native varieties of the volcano.

The weather on the slopes of Europe’s largest and very much active volcano is unique in Sicily’s panorama. The elevated altitudes dedicated to viticulture start at 400m above sea level, sometimes reaching above 1,000m.

These heights are characterized by temperature ranges between day and night that often register up to 30 degrees. Equally remarkable are the volcanic soil dynamics, created by lava flows, each flow a complex mineral entity in its own right.

Apply all the above to that “belt” that is Etna D.O.C., with a volcanic circumference of about 120 square km and exposure that range from full south to full north and everything in between. Then weave into the tapestry an average rainfall six to ten times that of the Sicilian norm, a relevant part of which occurs during by far the latest harvest in Sicily, and, indeed, one of the latest in Europe.

These are truly fine wines that showcase the freshness, delicacy, and complexity that inspire the best Etna wines to be compared to the great Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo producers of the world.

2022 Etna Bianco

70% Carricante, 20% Catarratto, 5% Grecanico, 5% Inzolia

The Etna Bianco DOC is a wine produced with Carricante grapes, coming from the three slopes of the Etna appellation. Each of which, contributes, very clearly, with their specific characters. The wine is smart and versatile, gentle and deep at the same time. Floral aromas, reminiscent of linden blooms. The flavours are fresh and salty with a mineral essence.
Food matches: light pasta dishes, fish, white meats.

“Quite an ashy, sulfurous nose to the limey green-apple fruit. Light and mineral with brisk acidity that cuts it through to a tangy, mouthwatering finish.”
92 Points – James Suckling

 

2022 Etna Rosso

98% Nerello Mascalese 2% Nerello Cappuccio 

The Etna Rosso is the Le Vigne di Eli business card. A clear idea on the interpretation of the main red varietal on Etna. The wine comes from Nerello Mascalese grapes  which are of a very high quality profile and the wine mirrors their quality. It is a blend of different parcels from different altitudes and soils, all belonging to the northern slope of the Etna.

Fresh, fine, balanced and rich – a very elegant wine!

2021 Etna Rosso
‘Moganazzi-Volte Sciara’

100% Nerello Mascalese

Moganazzi and Guardiola, with Santo Spirito closely following, have always been considered the best terroirs of the Municipality of Castiglione, the largest of the northern slopes of Etna. This wine comes from a small vineyard  in the Moganazzi Volta Sciara district in the municipality of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the north side of Etna, at an average height of 650m above sea level. Both Nerello strains were planted in 1950.
Deep, soft and dark volcanic soil, black pumice, rich in volcanic ash.

Aromas of intense, complex black fruits, richly floral.
The palate: is ample, velvety and of creamy persistence, spicy.

 

 

2021 Etna Rosso
‘Calderara Sottana’

100% Nerello Mascalese 

Calderara Sottana is the flagship Contrada: the wine comes from a tiny parcel of few thousand square metres, with very old vines, aging 100+ years. It’s a very small and dedicated production, just one barrel, that brings the unequivocal characteristics of this stony terroir.

Soil: black pumice, solid volcanic rock.

A penetrating bouquet of rich ripe fruit and spice.
Structured, full and complex on the palate with rich tannic feel.

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