Posted on 10/17/2018
The territory of Mount Etna features unique soil and climatic conditions, which attracted the attention of Duca di Salaparuta many years ago. Here, in 2001, the Vajasindi Estate was purchased in the Passopisciaro area of the Municipality of Castiglione di Sicilia. The aim was to launch an innovative experiment inspired by the vision of the outstanding Italian oenology specialist, Giacomo Tachis: the idea of planting a Pinot Noir vineyard. Although a typical grape variety of Northern Italy, Tachis believed that in the volcanic soils and at the altitudes of Mount Etna, Pinot Nero would find favourable conditions for expressing original and surprising nuances. As a result, we decided to plant this vine on the slopes of the volcano and after 5 years of settling into its new environment, the grapes started to produce a wine that over the following years developed to fulfill its full potential. Today the vineyard has developed to its full force and is producing excellent quality grapes. The Pinot Noir that is born here is a wine rich in mineral veins, a gift of the lava composition of the soil: intense and decisive while also preserving the typical freshness of this grape when grown in its classic northern latitudes.