Gaio Gaio a lovely organic red wine from the old Etna winery Calabretta located near Randazzo on the northern slope of Mount Etna. The Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio vines for this wine grow at an altitude of 700 m and have an age of 5 years. A young wine - juicy, fresh and dynamic supported by an invigorating acidity that makes it extremely refreshing and also suitable as a summer wine.
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|Producer||Azienda Vinicola Calabretta|
|Classification||Etna Rosso D.O.C.|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Grapes||Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio|
|Maturation||In 60-70 hl Slavonian oak barrels for about 11 months.|
|Bouquet||The nose is full and intense, with hints of red fruit, roses, leather and spicy nuances.|
|Taste||Juicy, fresh and dynamic, invigorating acidity that recalls the drink and makes it extremely refreshing.|
|Pairs with||Red meats and game. Serving temperature 16-18 C.|
|Alcohol||12,5 % Vol|
The Calabretta winery tradition is rooted on Mount Etna. Already in the early 1900s they were producing and exporting large quantities of wine. At the same time, the town of Passopisciaro arose to accommodate the many peasants who were arriving en masse looking for work. This lead to the emergence of many small producers. Today, a century later, Etna is renowned for its wines of character and tradition. In 1997, Massimo & Massimiliano Calabretta built a new winery and started to bottle and sell the Calabretta wines all over the world.
Etna is a volcano of ancient geological origin with an altitude of more than 3.000 meters. The tectonic differences give soils with heterogeneous physical and chemical features. Joining that with different altitude (600 – 1000 m) & sun expositions this give tha basis for producing world class wines with very different characteristics. New Etna Doc lets the producers indicate these differences and the Calabretta Winery produces a broad selection of specialized top wines.