Monte Ilice Vineyard

Between Trecastagni and Zafferana Etnea areas stands Monte Ilice, a large volcanic cone that was formed following the lava and explosive activity that occurred in medieval period, estimated around 1030. A large lava field was produced from an effusive vent positioned on the east side of its base. This reached the coast giving birth to the characteristic black cliffs of Stazzo and Pozzillo which make these coasts unique. This magical and wild place offers a 360-degree view of the Etna, from the mountains of Taormina to the Etna coast. Having reached the top of the cone, about 900 meters above the sea level, it is possible to see the large central depression inside the crater up to the rich vegetation of orchard and vineyards on the eastern side.
This mountain, nestled between holm oak and chestnut woods was the protagonist of Giovanni Verga’s novel “Storia di una Capinera”. In 1869 work, the protagonist Maria, to escape the plague epidemic that struck Catania, found refuge in the manor house which stood on this very mountain.
Cultivating land in these places would challenge even the most daring, in fact the average slope is 60%. The tillage of the land is strictly manual without any use of machinery. The sand (called the “Ripiddu”) with this slope makes the simplest movement complex. Etna Rosso Contrada Monte Ilice was born by the desire to create wines with exceptional character and by the experience of living in inaccessible areas.