Sicily, like Puglia, has a long history of producing wines, some of which are delicious, while others are less so. The main quality grape is Nero d’Avola, which gives wine that is full bodied, structured and long-lived, with an attractive, spicy, herbal, minerally and earthy character.
Other grape varieties include Nerello Mascalese and Cappuccino, Mantellato, Gaglioppo, Sangiovese, Frappato and Pignatello. One of the best regions for red wine is on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
White table wine is usually made from Carricante and Catarratto. Other grapes include the Grillo, one of the island’s best, and international varieties such as Chardonnay and Muscat.
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