A few years ago we were contacted by Patagonia® wether we were interested in doing a project with wine for them. First I thought the mail was spam but it was not. Being a great admirer and user of Patagonia clothing and equipment I was blown away and flattered. Patagonia® stands for preserving and developing a sensitivity for nature, which is exactly what we are doing here on Mount Etna producing artisanal, organic wines with respect for nature.
This could not be simply bottling any wine for them and sticking a label on it. This wine had to have a concept. And so I looked at what Etna winemaking represented in the past, different from my approach and vision to winemaking.
Pistemutta® represents the old-school winemaking on Etna of local farmers, called “contadino”. Wines with little skin contact, light bodied, fluid and elegant. This project makes me happy as it takes me back into the history of Etna, before I started producing wines here on Etna.
Region: Etna, Northern valley
Vineyards: Contrada Feudo di Mezzo
Varietals: 100% Nerello Mascalese
Vinification: Destemming and light crushing of the grapes
Fermentation: starting with a “pied-de-cuve” keeping the must on the skins for 5 days
Aging: In neutral epoxy tanks from 2500 liters to 8000 liters
Filtering: Before bottling with PE cartridges of 5 micron
Sulphur: values can vary from 15 to 60 mg/l., added or not, depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.
Annual production: approx. 7.000 bottles
First vintage: 2020
Denomination: IGP Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
Bottle type: Transparent burgundy bottle
Available sizes: 750ML
Recommended stemware: Zalto Universal
How to recycle: we suggest to re-use rather than recycle wherever possible; obviously without counterfeiting…
Bottle: in glass-recycling;
Closure: Ardeaseal in plastic-recycling; natural cork in organic waste, screw cap in glass-recycling, pouring closure olive oil in plastic recycling
Label: Susucaru in plastic-recycling, MunJebel, Pistemutta and Magma in paper-recycling
Wax cap: in non-recyclable waste
Case: carton in paper-recycling, wood case best to be re-used
Pallet: wood or plastic best to be re-used