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A Sicilian Special.

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Sicily is technically part of Italy, but ask a local and they are SICILIAN not Italian. It's a different way of life - different climate, weather, a significantly different cuisine, and historically they've always been at a Mediterranean crossroads for the influence of other civilisations that mainland Italy hasn't had the privilege of. The difference between Piedmont in the north, and Palermo in the south makes the north / south divide between Liverpool and London pale to insignificance. I'll briefly explain what makes Sicily so different, and why the largest autonomous zone in Italy has the right take some of your vinous attention for their unique grapes and bottles; and you can point that attention toward our Etna Twin Pack where you can get a delicious example of each colour delivered direct to your dining table.

For a little country (it's not a country, but may as well be), Sicily has a huge range of geography. Being an island there's lots of coast, but because it's so big those in the interior don't really think themselves in any maritime light, instead there's plenty of vibrant agricultural growings on between the flatlands, mountains and even the active Etna volcano! With the baking sun growing some of the best fruits and vegetables on the planet - think lemons, limes, pistachios, almonds, and wheat, as well as obviously the most important: Grapes. Similarly to the variety in topography and microclimates, there's also a larger variety in grapes and styles of wine that are often completely unrelated to a lot of the mainland wines. Don't get me wrong, because of the sunshine and fertile land, Sicily is also a site of huge mass produced plonk. But dig a little deeper with a little info that I can hopefully provide and you'll unearth some gems.