Only cru from local vine varieties on Mount Etna

A heroic and difficult viticulture that aims to preserve ancient vine varieties and centuries-old traditions. At 1100 meters above the sea level, on the North-western slope of the volcano, in one of the highest vineyard in Europe, surrounded by ancient lava flows, after a 15 years long mass selection on ancient ungrafted vines– it’s here that we grow our wonderful vine variety, the Grecanico Dorato. And we use it to make our monovarietal Millesulmare: a mountain and volcanic wine with, at the same time, the fragrance of the sea.

At 800 meters above the sea level, on the South-eastern slope of the volcano, on the incredibly steep side of an ancient crater of Mount Etna, from an ancient vineyard of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio with a pre-phylloxera heart – here we make our Calmarossa, an authentic Etna Rosso Doc, refined, rich in minerals and with a proud volcanic taste. We are constantly searching for the perfect grape and aiming to minimize the yield per vine, keeping it at about 800 grams for each plant. A limited production of numbered bottles, less than a bottle per vine, which shows our utmost respect for the winemaking tradition on Mount Etna.

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Organic farming

We do not use pesticides and we grow our vines with total simplicity, as Mother Nature taught us. That’s why we obtain genuine and eco-friendly wines, true to the identity of our vine varieties.

Pre-phylloxera vines

A heritage of inestimable value, part of our wines comes from these precious plants, a symbol of strength and beauty that we aim to safeguard. Future generations deserve to know them!

Gentle vinification

Our vinification is not invasive. We use only local yeasts to preserve, in our wines, the personality and the true identity of their vine varieties: the pure essence of Mount Etna in a glass.

Preserving the Etnean biodiversity

The respect and the preservation of nature and of Mount Etna biodiversity are the most important principles of our company, which aim to safeguard the local winemaking tradition and its environment.

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People and passion

The heart and the soul of SantaMariaLaNave are the people around it, their willingness to never give up, their energy and their passion – because nothing is possible, without passion.

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