The Winery: The winery Girolamo Russo was founded in the early 1900’s thanks to Mr. Girolamo, that started producing wine and olive oil. From 2003, Giuseppe, his son has taken over the family farm proud to have continued that tradition with interest and enthusiasm, providing the family farm with modern technologies. The winery is located in the beautiful territory of the Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. The vineyard extends for 16 hectares in the north side of Etna, located in three different districts: San Lorenzo, Feudo and Caldera Sottana, closer to the town of Randazzo and Feudo di mezzo around the Castiglione di Sicila area. Each vine is between 50 and 100 years old, located 2600 feet above the sea level. The rich, volcanic, sandy soil and a unique microclimate with large changes in temperature between day and night create extraordinary wines that only Etna can give. Their first vintage bottled was 2005. About 8000 bottles were produced.
The Wine: The word “A’Rina” in Sicilian dialect means “sand”. The wine is made of Nerello Mascalese grapes and a small percentage of Nerello Cappuccio grapes carefully selected and handpicked at the end of October. After the soft pressing of the grapes, the maceration takes place with the skins for a period of 8-10 days. The fermentation is conducted in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for a period of about 8 days with selected yeasts. The wine is then refined for approximately 14 months in used French oak barriques and 6 additional months in bottle before being placed on the market.