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With almost nine percent of the total land area of ​​Italy, Sicily is the largest region and with 101,000 hectares of vineyards (as of 2014) the largest wine-growing area in the country. Until the mid-1990s, the island was primarily known abroad for the sweet wine Marsala. A large part of the remaining wine production was sold as barrel wine in the well-known wine regions of Europe, where it served as a blending wine to improve or increase the local production. For a long time, the island's red wines were not named for their place of origin or the grape variety, but for the port from which they were shipped (Marzamemi, Scoglitti, Riposto). Another part of the production was also used for distilling alcohol and making it used by grape must. It was not until the end of the 1990s that Sicilian wines began to be marketed, which also bore the island's name.

After initially focusing on the cultivation of international grape varieties in order to open up international markets, the winemakers rediscovered local grape varieties, above all the now internationally known Nero d’Avola. The latter is currently the most important grape variety in Sicily and is there on 18,000 hectares of vineyards (2013).

Numerous other traditional or autochthonous grape varieties such as Zibibbo, Catarratto, Grillo, Frappato, Perricone, Carricante or Inzolia are now grown under their name and, together with the naming of the growing areas (e.g. Etna), symbolize the diversity of the Sicilian wine region . Since 2005 the Cerasuolo di Vittoria has been the first DOCG-classified wine in Sicily. The areas under cultivation for DOC / DOCG wines make up around twelve percent of the total vineyard area (approx.15,000 ha / as of 2017). For comparison: In 2000 the proportion of DOC cultivation area was still below four percent. A special feature is the establishment of the DOC Sicilia (since the wine year 2012), which includes the entire island and is allowed to appear on the label as the addition "Sicilia".

The 23 DOC wines in Sicily

Alcamo, Contea di Sclafani, Contessa Entellina, Delia Nivolelli, Eloro, Erice, Etna, Faro, Malvasia delle Lipari, Mamertino di Milazzo or Mamertino, Marsala, Menfi, Monreale, Noto, Pantelleria, Riesi, Salaparuta, Sambuca di Sicilia, Santa Margherita di Belice, Sciacca, Sicilia, Siracusa, Vittoria.

The 7 IGT wines in Sicily

Avola, Camarro, Fontanarossa di Cerda, Salemi, Salina, Terre Siciliane, Valle Belice. (As of 2018)