I CUSTODI DELLE VIGNE DELL'ETNA
I Custodi are the keepers, the guardians of Mt. Etna’s vineyards: to guard means to preserve the land, to maintain the traditions and to respect the people. From these values and from the love for a beautiful land, where the vine was brought by the man more than two millennia ago, spring the wines of I Custodi, the result of the generosity and the minerality of the warm volcanic soil, the cold of the Muntagna and the sun of Sicily.
RESPECT AND PASSION
Healthy vines of all ages, growing densely on ancient dry stone terraces, supported by their stake in chestnut wood, are cultivated in harmony with the environment that surrounds them — only by manual labor and with the help of Ciccio the mule –by I Vigneri, skilfull Etnean winegrowers. Winegrowing as it has always been on Mt. Etna for centuries, without synthetic chemicals, in respect of the people, the landscape, and nature.
Ancient legends, accounts of travelers and naturalists, works of art, poems and tales are witnesses to the Etnean viticulture since earliest times. Here, the peculiar microclimate and the volcano's fertile soil provide an ideal ambient for the vine. Since the age of the Sicels, three millennia ago, vines and wine have always been at the center of people’s life on Mt. Etna.
And from the dawn of history to the 20th century, the gestures and manners of the vintners haven’t changed much. The wine presses that were in use up to a few years ago look the same as those described by Catoin 160 BCE. The vines have been bush-trained (what we call the albarello, little tree) for 30 centuries, and everywhere we still see the quincunx planting pattern – every vine is equidistant from any other one surrounding it – that was dear to the Greeks and Romans.
A LANDSCAPE SHAPED BY WINE
In the 19th century, Etna is Sicily’s most important wine producing area: vineyards cover more than half of the land and climb up to altitudes above 1,000 meters. Wine continues to shape the landscape: the black lava-stone terraces allow the vines to grow in formerly inaccessible places. The Circumetnea railway line is built to facilitate the transport of wine to the port of Riposto. From there, it is shipped to far-away places, all over Europe and the world.
The quincunx planting pattern – every vine
is equidistant from any other one surrounding it
that was dear to the Greeks and Romans.
Cépage: 100% Carricante
Format: 750 ML (C6)