The Drinking Hour podcast: The wines of Etna

In episode 165 of The Drinking Hour, David Kermode explores the winemaking culture of Etna. He is joined by special guests who help explain why the region is being labelled by some as the 'new Burgundy'

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Etna’s volcanic soils are home to an ancient culture of winemaking that produces wines that buzz with energy and minerality. Following a renaissance in recent years, the region is winning new fans who are drawing comparisons between the wines of Etna and some of the world’s finest cuvées from Burgundy.

In episode 165 of The Drinking Hour podcast, David Kermode reports from the region, providing insight into some of its fascinating winemaking techniques that date back hundreds of years and explaining how several pioneers helped usher in a fine-winemaking revolution in the 1980s. To help him delve further, Kermode is joined by special guests that include author Frederico Lateri, Salvino Binanti of Binanti , Mario Paoluzzi of I Custodi, Simone Foti of i Vigneri, Abadeo Moretti of Animaetnea and Diego Cusumano of Alta Mora. They discuss the reality of producing wine in the shadow of an active volcano, as well as exploring some of the indigenous grape varieties native to Sicily.

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