Rampante, one of the 4 Contrade in which we live and work, is located at an average elevation of 740 meters a.s.l., between Solicchiata and Passopisciaro. It is an area of 4.6 hectares of vineyards, with large dry-stone wall terraces and a degrading morphology from South-East to North-East with an average slope of 4.7%. The territory where the vineyards of the Contrada Rampante are located is characterized by volcanic formations of different lithological characterization but belonging to the same time period (between 15 thousand and 4 thousand years).
Grapes: Nerello Mascalese
Appellation: Etna DOC
Production area: North slopes of Etna volcano – contrada Rampante Castiglione di Sicilia, Catania – Sicily
Soil: formations of volcanic origin of different lithological characterization, but of the same time period (between 15 thousand and 4 thousand years).
Age of vineyard: 2000
Altitudine: 740 m a.s.l.
Vineyard exposure: north east – south west
Training system: espalier
Vines per ha: 5.000
Yields per ha: 80 ql as average
Harvest period: 25th October
Fermentation temperature: 25°C – 30°C
Duration of fermentation: 8 days
Malolactic fermentation: fully run
Ageing: 12 months in 25hl oak Slavonian barrels
Alcohol content: 13% Vol.
Wine analytical data: pH 3,55 – TA 5,6 g/l – RS 1,5 g/l – ET 26 g/l