Volcanic Wines

Volcanic Wines

Volcanic wines, a fascinating category within oenology, derive their distinct characteristics from the geological composition of volcanic soils. These rock formations and soils, formed by ancient lava and ash deposits, impart unique mineral nuances to the grapes. High minerals like potassium, magnesium, and iron influence the vines' growth and the subsequent wine profile.

Volcanic wines often exhibit pronounced acidity, attributed to the soil's poor water retention, which stresses the vines and promotes high-quality grape development. The mineral-rich environment encourages gradual ripening and imparts a remarkable complexity to the final product. Sulphur and volcanic gases in the soil may influence the wine's aromatic compounds and ageing potential.

Furthermore, the porous nature of volcanic soils aids root penetration, extracting distinct flavour compounds from deep within the earth. This intricate interplay of geological elements results in wines with a captivating interplay of minerality, vibrant acidity, and a sense of place that truly reflects the tumultuous origins of their vineyards.

We recommend John Szabo's comprehensive book on Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power for further reading.

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  1. Benanti 2022 Etna BiancoIn stock

    100% Carricante from the high slopes of Etna. Mineral, smoky, complex, with savoury, bitter notes

    £23.90
  2. Idda 2019 Etna RossoIn stock

    £35.00
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