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.