May 24, 2016

Vines under Mount Etna

on Mount Etna with Esplora Tours

By In Photographs, Visiting Sicily
I was on Mount Etna last week exploring the wines of Cottanera, Murgo, Villagrande, Vivera and others. This photo is from Cottanera, our last visit on the Esplora Wine Tour. The visit was brief, we overran our previous appointments, and we managed to sample just a couple of wines.

I’m rather pleased with the photo. It shows vines sweeping up Mount Etna with the summit, as is usual, surrounded by clouds. There was a little smoke rising too. Mount Etna erupted yesterday as the video below shows. While I’m rather annoyed at having missed an eruption from Europes most active volcano, I do hope all those we met during our tour are all fine and dandy. And the vines – the plantings of Nerello Mascalese and Carricante, and those Chardonnay vines at Passopisciaro, planted way up above everything else are untouched.

A cropped version of this photo is one of a series on Instagram entitled “Edge of the Vineyard”.

Vines Under Mount Etna, Cotanera Winery, Etna

Cotenera Vines under Mount Etna

Cotenera Vines under Mount Etna

Mount Etna Eruption via the Daily Mail



Volcanologists from Italy’s National Vulcanology and Geophysics Institute (INGV) have listed the eruption type as ‘Strombolian’.

Such eruptions are mildly explosive, and consist of an ejection of incandescent cinder, lapilli and even lava bombs up to a few hundred metres into the air.

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