Drawn by a combination of unique climate and volcanic soil, with true biodiversity acting as a backdrop to the vineyards, the “TASCANTE Estate” project, now in its third grape harvest, has added a second wine: ‘GHIAIA NERA” (Black Gravel), our interpretation of “Nerello Mascalese” from the young vineyards of the estates of mount Etna. Another important witness for Sicily, a wine growing continent made up of different territories and countless variables, so much so that it still has enormous potential to be expressed.
This red variety is associated above all with the volcanic soils of Etna, where it has been planted for over a century. A generous strain, yielding as many as 14 kilos per plant, its grapes are used to make both reds and rosés. The clusters are generally conic-cylindrical, often approaching a pyramid shape, and winged; the reddish-grey berries are tightly packed, bloom-covered, and of medium size.