Region: Etna, Sicily
In 2002, the Vivera family finally realized their dream to purchase an estate in the Martinella district of Mount Etna, on the North Eastern side of the volcano, and build a winery there. The Viveras are a classic example of “all things Sicilian,” with mother Armida coming from Corleone in Palermo, father Antonino hailing from Chiaramonte Gulfi in Ragusa, and their three children, Omar, Eugenio, and Loredana born and raised in Catania. The whole family is involved in the winery.
PRODUCTION AREA: Linguaglossa, north-eastern side of Etna
NAME AND AGE OF VINEYARD: Martinella, 2003
GRAPE VARIETY: Nerello Mascalese 92% and Nerello Cappuccio 8%
SOIL TYPE: Volcanic soil with abundant rounded stones
ALTITUDE: 600 metres above sea level
CLIMATE: Mountain climate with crisp summer and great difference in temperature between morning and night
TRAINING SYSTEM: Vertical trellis, spur pruned cordon
PLANTING DENSITY PER ACRE: 5.500
HARVEST: Meticulous grape selection, hand picked Nerello Cappuccio and of Nerello Mascalese the last week of September
PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE: The grapes are carefully selected and gently harvested by hand. After fermentation of the grapes at controlled temperatures of 79°-84°F for 10 days, the wine is racked and matures in 225 litre barriques of French used oak for 36 months. Prior to its release, Martinella is refined in bottle for an additional 12 months.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 16.000
AGEING POTENTIAL: through 2021
ALC: 13,5 % vol; pH – TOTAL ACIDITY: 3,5 pH- 5,6 g/l
DESCRIPTION: Martinella is ruby red wine with a spicy and fruity bouquet with balsamic fragrances, sulphurous and mineral notes, savoury and fresh taste with a very long finish.
MUM ARMIDA SUGGESTS TO DRINK MARTINELLA WITH: Tuna tartare, fish soup, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, lentils with pig’s jowl
CURIOSITY: Martinella, in Sicilian dialect “A’ Martinedda” , is the name of the vineyard and the name of our love at first sight: the place that inspired our family to use all our energy in the fascinating world of wine.