In addition to being the Mediterranean's largest island, Sicily can lay claim to the fact that the former penal colony is now considered by many as Italy's emerging high quality wine producing area. Located off the famous toe of the Italian peninsula, the island's wine heritage can be dated back several thousand years, to centuries before Christ in what was termed the Magna Graecia (Grater Greece after 8th and 7th Century BC Greek colonists) Era. Vines have always flourished in Sicily, Italy, but until recently, produced mostly common bulk variety grapes.
Sicily's wine renaissance began with the present generation of growers, fueled mostly by younger winemakers from notable family estates that have blended local grapes with classic varietals to achieve international acclaim.
Sicily's modern new wave wines compare favorably with the likes of both Australia and California and are known for their fruitiness and drink ability. When consumed in company with the island's vibrant local cuisine, they propel the resulting culinary experience to the highest gastronomic levels.
Vines can be found throughout the entirety of mostly mountainous Sicily, with the finer grapes and wines coming from the Western and West-Central growing regions where favorable Mediterranean breezes and excellent temperatures equal those of Northern California. Dry conditions during critical growing periods are among the best in the world. The finest wines come from the old family estates where winemaking traditions are many centuries old and have been coupled with modern growing techniques to improve the overall quality of the wines.