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Small islands, great wines

Not just Sicily and Sardinia, but virtually every small Italian island is related to the world of wine, through a specific kind of wine or a local grape variety.

Traditional hand-crafted wines, produced with hard work, perseverance and heroism; winemaking which ignores simple economics, and focuses on the pure pleasure of wine.

In an atlas or an online map you can hardly even see them. But by zooming in and looking at them close-up, they turn out to be a treasure chest of local food and wine products. These are the smaller Italian islands. Magnificent areas with amazing scenery, must-see tourist destinations, in which sun, sea, volcanoes and limestone produce rare and valuable wines, which are lively, summery, but also profound, sweet and complex. This is our slow journey through the great wines of our small islands!

Located at different latitudes, the islands enjoy different winemaking characteristics too. Just as with the mainland, these small Italian islands display a wonderful natural heritage with an incredibly diverse typicity. Their isolation from each other and other wine regions has also helped maintain local grape varieties which would have disappeared under different circumstances. The heroic and tenacious vine-growers devote all their time and energy to maintaining these vines, and to the upkeep and restoration of the traditional landscape of terraces and dry stone walls which would have fallen into disrepair otherwise. Spectacular landscapes of terraced hillsides, stone walls, working donkeys, and bush-trained vines with amazing views of the Mediterranean sea offer a wide range of wines to discover. 

Many islands with volcanic origins, such as the Aeolian Islands, Pantelleria, and Ischia produce very mineral wines. Others have different soil types, like some of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago with areas of clay, loam, or sandstone which create wines with a good body and sharp aromas. Of course, the main feature all the islands and wines share is the sea, and the sea breeze. Never-ending days of sun, a taste of salt and iodine, and aromas of scrub, wild herbs, and unique shrubs. In general, it is this Mediterranean personality which all these wines share; wines which best describe Italy with the historic sincerity of its rural aristocracy.