Mount Etna is a unique natural preserve named World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013.
The volcano is sixth on the list of the most symbolic and active volcanoes in the world.
The soils of contrada Santo Spirito are recognized by many as one of the most important wine-regions within the DOC Etna. The vines are planted in nutrient-rich, brown volcanic sands derived from the degradation of lava deposits and in the vineyards there are some more than 100 years old pre-prephylloxera vines.
Alcohol Grade: 12%
Aging/ Vinification: Contrada Santo Spirito, Passopisciaro, Mount Etna – Northern exposure. Manual harvest by the end of September. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected indigenous yeasts. Malolatic fermentation fully run. Aging 50% 12 months in stainless steel tanks, 50% 12 months in oak barrels. 12 months in the bottle.
Best to have it: 16-18ºC
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Palmento Costanzo
A palmento is an ancient winery on Etna. They can range from primitive stone fermentation vats to 18th and 19th century buildings that dot the landscape. For Mimmo and Valeria Costanzo, their winery is a labor of love through restoration, both of the historic palmento on their property, and their old-vine vineyard. Both had to be reclaimed from the elements.
In 2021, Palmento Costanzo obtained Equalitas certification as a “sustainable organization”.
Attentive to the values of tradition and quality, the company aims to produce a unique excellence of its kind, letting the territory express its maximum potential in wine, through the production of manually grown organically grown vines.
The Equalitas Certification as a “sustainable organization” validates and recognizes a path that began years ago and is consecrated in sustainable practices, both environmental and social.
The company philosophy pays homage to the winemakers who, for centuries, have given value to the territory, weaving the history of Etna viticulture. A testament to which to give a future, with commitment and respect, highlighting the identity of the native vines and the winemaking heritage of the volcano.
The territoriality, the climatic and morphological peculiarities of the production areas, respect for the environment and the work of man, are the most important values on which the company is based, thus guaranteeing the well-being and integrity of its wine.