Of the crus in which I own vineyards, Guardiola is the highest in elevation, ranging from 800 to almost 1,000 metres altitude. And, naturally, as one climbs higher, the soil becomes poorer. Guardiola being no exception, its make up being mostly lean volcanic sand and basaltic pebbles of sorts, with a little ash thrown in.
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Name: Etna Rosso D.O.C.
Area of production: Township of Castiglione di Sicilia.
Varietals: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio.
Vineyard extension: 1,6 hectars.
Production per hectar: Less than 5 Tons.
Soil: Grey/black volcanic sand, basaltic pebbles, a touch of ash.
Age of vines: da 50 a 70 anni.
Annual production: 9.000 bottles.