Cantine Nicosia, based in the Etna region, on the east coast of Sicily and one of Italy's most dynamic wine regions, is where Carmelo Nicosia, along with sons Franceso and Graziano, have developed their family business, started by Carmelo's great grandfather Francesco in 1898, into one of the region's most important wine producers.
Their winery in the village of Trecastagni, north of Catania, is where they marry together tradition and state-of-the-art technology. Trecastagni itself is at the foot of one of the extinguished craters dotting Mount Etna and at an altitude of around 700m, is home to the ancient vineyards of Monte Gorna, with their distinctive lava terraces. Their vineyards which have been completely restructured and replanted are located in two areas. The first being in the Etna area, on the slopes of Monte Gorna an extinct volcano to the south east of Etna where they focus on the native varieties used for Etna DOC wines: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio for reds and Catarratto and Carricante for whites. The extraordinary wealth of minerals found in Etna's volcanic soils can be credited with the very rich flavour and unique character of the wines produced here. Their other vineyard is just a few miles from the southernmost tip of Sicily around the lively agricultural center of Vittoria and the Contrada Bonincontro district which is home to their extensive plantings of Nero d'Avola and Frappato.