After launching Tenuta di Trinoro with resounding success and critical acclaim, Andrea Franchetti sought out a new challenge and found it on the steep slopes of volcanic ash on Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. In the 15 years since Franchetti's arrival here, the region has been transformed from historically relevant curiosity to one of the hottest winemaking spots on the planet, largely due to his influence in bringing the region to international attention.
The Passorosso is the flagship wine of the estate and is made from 70-to-100 year old vines of Nerello Mascalese from various altitudes that cling to the terraces cut into the lava flows and scree that litter the hillside.
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The vines sit at a range from 1,800 to 3,300 feet in elevation, planted in a variety of types of lava soils, from molten to ash to pumice stone, amidst the frequent rumblings and eruptions of the volcano. Here, Franchetti works with both old and indigenous vines and his own dense plantings of international varieties, and he adds a liberal dose of modern winemaker flair to achieve intensely-flavored wines that are without comparison in Sicily, and considered amongst the most exciting in the world.