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It’s about as far from an Ansel Adams as you could get; but here is an attempt at a black and white landscape scene. The location is Sicily – Mount Etna is behind the camera. The vineyards in the foreground belong to Tenuta di Fessina, one of the fine Etna-based producers that I hosted a Circle of Wine Writers visit back in June.

Tenuta di Fessina Vineyard

Tuenta di Fessina Vineyards

Founded in 2007 by winemaker Silvia Maestrelli, her husband, Roberto Silva, and winemaker Federico Curtaz, the Fessina Estate is located in the small village of Rovittello, about eight miles east of Randazzo. Given its distinct location, the terroir of the vineyards is composed of centuries-old lava deposits that yield strikingly individual wines in a class by themselves. In addition to the main estate, the winery includes two additional vineyards — a tribute to Sicily’s incredibly fertile, bountiful landscape. Tenuta di Fessina is a testament to the beauty and splendour of its surroundings: the magnificence of the region is reflected in the wines.

I’ve found a little video that shows the estate in more detail. On arrival the old buildings do give an impression of dilapidation; this is slightly intentional but as our guide explained; they would rather spend the cash in the vineyard and in producing wine. (If you read Italian, Tenuta di Fessina are also on facebook)

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