Vino di Anna
This month, we'd like to introduce a few wines from two of our favourite people working on the northern slopes of of Mt Etna, Sicily - Vino di Anna.
Eric and Anna have been friends for many years. Eric and Ed opened Terroirs in 2008, one of Londons first natural wine bars and restaurants. The success and impact of Terroirs led to the opening of Brawn and a number of other outposts. The notion of terroirs and the philosophy Eric applies to his wine importing company Les Caves de Pyrene, is equally represented in their work in their vineyards and winery in Sicily.
These wines are perfectly in tune with how we here enjoy eating, drinking and everything else that nature bestows year on year.
Vino di Anna are one of the more humble outfits, able to promote a diverse ecology and focus on excellent quality, rather than high yields - but never to shout about it. Their wines are consistently vibrant and full of volcanic verve - showing the terroir they emanate from in such a transparent, revelatory light.
Vino di Anna is a small, family wine estate situated on the north face of Mt Etna, Sicily. Eric and Anna have been making natural wines together here for more than 10 years. Today, with a team of young locals, they cultivate seven hectares of land entirely bio-dynamically. The majority of the vineyards are old bush vines (60 – 100 yrs old) of Nerello Mascalese interspersed with indigenous whites (Grecanico, Catarratto, Carricante). The altitude of the vineyards range from 650 m – 1200 metres. The unique luminosity of these mountainous vineyards and the variable, decomposed lava soils give the wines a distinct mineral-rich profile and genuinely intriguing sapidity. All wines are made with minimal intervention, indigenous yeasts, no additives, no fining or filtering and little or no SO2.
They also make olive oil in years where nature permits, from 100 year old tress grown in and around the vines.