Top 10 volcanic wines

9 – Marco de Bartoli 2014 Pietra Nera Zibibbo, Pantelleria

Marco+de+bartoli_pietra+nera862A producer of stunning Marsala, Pellegrino scion Marco Bartoli produces this aromatic and mineral-cored Zibibbo (aka Muscat of Alexandria) on the volcanic island of Pantellaria off the coast of Sicily.

Using only free-run juice the must for this wine is fermented with wild yeast. Planting is high-density and yields are low. There is partial barrique ageing.

Lemony, concentrated, with deep herbal aromatics, and smoky-mineral and salty aromas.

‘Pietra Nera’ refers to the black lava rock in which Pantelleria abounds.

4 Responses to “Top 10 volcanic wines”

  1. Nick Oakley says:

    Etna, Santorini, Tenerife, Pantellaria. I get these. But Alsace? Volcanic?

    • Olivier Humbrecht says:

      There were two types of volcanic activity in the region: submarine in south Alsace, before the emergence of the VOsges mountains above sea level, and more recently in the Kaiserstuhl in Germany. The ashes and vocanic dusts sedimented in the sea and got compacted as the Vosges were pushed out of the sea in a rock called Grauwacke.

  2. Luigi says:

    I cannot believe that any wines from the Campania region was not featured! Greco Di Tufo, Lacryma Christi to name but 2.

  3. See the wonder book by John Szabo MW call Volcanic Wines, recently available online too. Beside the well known regions, some lovely pockets of volcanic terroir to discover.

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