Murgo Tenuta, Santa Venerina (Mt. Etna) – Sicily

Murgo

The Baron Emanuele Scammacca del Murgo, after a long career as a diplomat and having been Italian Ambassador in important embassies, decided in 1981 to transform the ancient family property in a modern productive agricultural estate, carrying out gradual and continuous improvements. In the following years, the sons Michele, Alessandro, Pietro and Matteo joined him, supported by the brothers Filippo, Bernardo, Manfredi and Costantino. In 1982 the first Etna Rosso was bottled, following in 1990 the first Spumante Murgo Brut!

Situated at 500 mt. above sea level, on the eastern slopes of Mount Etna, below Zafferana Etnea, the vineyard has a net extension of 24,5 hectares and the main part is registered as DOC Etna. Some ha are planted with some original French varieties, well integrated in this particular terroir. The microclimate of Mt. Etna is characterized by strong temperature ranges, due to the altitude of the volcano (3’360 m a.s.l.) which delays the maturation and brings freshness and fragrance to the wines. Instead, the volcanic soil gives an intense minerality which you can perceive in all the products of the region. Thanks to these conditions, the wines are elegant, complex and mineral, having an identity which differs from the Italian and international enological range. The work on the vineyard is based on the priority use of natural techniques with low impact on the environment.