Annacare is of the finest selection of grapes. The name is a word derived from Sicilian dialect and means ‘to lull’ like to gently lull a newborn to sleep. Annacare is the essence of my perception of Etna and 100 year old Nerello Mascalese that has all to tell. It is pure, like magic spring water, and offers lots of mineral notes from the many century old lava-streams from where it derives. Light fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry. Reveals velvety tannins, is elegant, complex and with a long lasting aftertaste. It shows gracefully, is extremely delicate, self-confident and sophisticated. Drinks well in 5-12 years.


Technical specifications

  • Appellation

    Comune di Castiglione di Sicilia e Randazzo (CT)
    Parcel N° 16, 17, 150, 228 of Map N° 61 e58

  • Altitude

    750 m. (2250 feet) above sea level

  • Terroir

    black soil, deep porous volcano ash soil with
    traces of sand, very rich in minerals

  • Exposure

    North - North-East

  • Plant density

    8000 vines per hectare

  • Training system


  • Grape variety

    Nerello Mascalese (selection Massale)

  • Rootstock


  • Yield per hectare

    6000 kilo

  • Vinification

    Fermentation in stainless steel tanks
    Malolactic fermentation in barriques

  • Ageing

    18 months in French barriques
    (50% new, 50% used once)

  • Refinement in bottle

    minimum 6 months


Food pairing

Annacare goes well with many different ingredients and dishes. I would propose to pair it with both classic rustic Sicilian dishes as well as fine food. Lamb, vegetables, truffle, heavier fish dishes, mushrooms (funghi porcini), white meats and ‘lighter’ cooked red meats. Roasted nuts, and hard cheeses like comtè, gruyere, pecorino and good parmesan.