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Nerello mascalese

The main native red grape on Mount Etna taking its name from a town destroyed by lava in 1928 and called Mascali.

Constitutes at least 80% of Etna Rosso DOC together with Nerello Cappuccio and it grows as high as 1000 m on the slopes of Etna thus ripening late and harvested late. This grape gives wines that are a bit wild, with spicy aromas, high minerality and nice tannins that permit the wine to age well. Because of the different altitudes and terroirs on which the grape is grown- different crus maybe distinguished.

Constitues at least 60% of Faro DOC together with Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera.

 

An 'alberello' vineyard of Tenuta di Fessina in spring

An ‘alberello’ vineyard of Tenuta di Fessina in spring

Bush vine ( alberello) of Nerello Mascalese from Frank Cornelissen's vineyard

Bush vine ( alberello) of Nerello Mascalese from Frank Cornelissen’s vineyard

a bunch of Nerello Mascelese of Quantico's vineyard

a bunch of Nerello Mascelese of Quantico’s vineyard