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Tenuta delle Terre Nere
Tenuta delle terre nere, Etna rosso DOC, Nerello Mascalese,


The legislative decree N° 61 of April 8th 2010, all the wines D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. had to merge into the P.D.O. denomination, with the possibility to maintain the D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. "old" denominations.

Marco De Grazia with Tenuta delle Terre Nere produces wines since 2002 on the northern slops of Etna volcano, Sicily region.

A very difficult territory in terms of climate, pedology of soils, large temperature ranges, grapes cultivation, accentuated rainfall compared to the typical Sicilian climate.
At the same time, this is a choice terroir for important wines.
This is the area of Etna D.O.C. and its grape varieties as Nerello Mascalese above all for red wines and Carricante and Cataratto for white wines.
The Marco De Grazia wines are closely linked to the districts "contrade".
Here, the term 'Contrada' is declared and legally recognised, as a historical sub-area, a part of the territory, even a small one, but with differences in terms of soil, climate, exposure: all those elements give important characters and notes to each grape variety. Moganazzi, Guardiola, Calderara Sottana are some of those "contrade".

The vineyards of "Tenuta delle Terre Nere" ("Black earth estate") are situated between 600 and 900 mt. above sea level.
The vines are basically old from 40-100 of age with some vineyard of young vines.
In the vineyards, there is still a lot of manual skill as if it were a kind of respect for each product of the nature.

The aim of Tenuta delle Terre Nere is to find the vineyard in each kind of wine, that is, to find recognised elements derived from each soil and each vine.
Finding a balance in wines in such a harsh environment can only come from careful, meticulous work and knowledge and sensitivity, qualities that characterise the work of Marco De Grazia.


Etna Rosso Guardiola DOC

From vineyards of more than 100 years at the altitude of 900-1000 mt. Fermentation at controlled temperatures and ageing in barrels dampens the somewhat more pronounced acidity. On the nose some balsamic hints, currant and cherry with a balanced palate, minerality and a long final like ageing wines.

Etna Bianco Santo Spirito DOC

Produced with Carricante vine from "Vigne Niche" selection. Malolactic fermentation and ageing take place in 10-hectolitre barrels.
Thanks to the presence of so much volcanic ash, the bouquet of Santo Spirito is broad, fruity and floral, with mineral notes. The palate is equilibrate with a good persistence.

Production area

The vineyards are about 45 hectares, located in 29 plots of 9 districts (called "contrade") on the northern slopes of Etna volcano.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere has three wine lines: A "classic" Etna D.O.C. red, white and rosé.
A "contrada" lines with "Premium Cru" and "Gran Cru" with red and white wines named after the contrada they belong to.

*(1 ha=10.000mq=107.639 ft²)

Contrada Calderara, sn
95036 Randazzo (CT)
email: info@tenutaterrenere.com
website: www.tenutaterre.com



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