Vinupetra Rosso DOC Etna 2012


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(56,03  / 1000 ml)

The 2012 Vinupetra already shows opulence and fulminant fruit on the nose, sweet black cherries, blueberries, blueberry jam, cassis and elderberry pulp penetrate the nose and have a very mineral effect. The greatest speciality of Etna are the classic Palmeros, the old wine press, pressing and storage houses.

Vinupetra Rosso DOC Etna 2012


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Tasting note from from 07.07.2014, Copyright Christina Hilker

I Vigneri di Salvo Foti VINUPETRA

This red wine from Etna with DOC quality comes from the Calderara vineyard in the Porcheria district. Here, at 700 m.a.s.l., the autochthonous grape varieties Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante and Francisi grow. The vineyard, with an area of just 0.5 hectares, is planted with vines with an average age of over 100 years, using the Alberello Etneo system, with a planting density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The cultivation of the vineyards is done by hand, using only natural products. During vinification, temperature control, filtration and the use of artificial yeasts are avoided. Racking and bottling take place according to the phases of the moon.


Muted violet-red with minimal lightening towards the rim.


What a fragrance! The 2012 Vinupetra already shows opulence and fulminant fruit on the nose, sweet black cherries, blueberries, blueberry jam, cassis and elderberry pulp penetrate the nose and have a very mineral effect. The fruity scent is accompanied by an incredibly intense stony note and aromas of wet earth and truffle. As in the previous year, the similarity to the great wines of Bordeaux is fascinating.


On the palate, the 2012 Vinupetra is opulent and clearly marked by a sweet fruit, reminiscent of black cherries and cassis. Due to the pronounced fruit, which conveys sweetness on the palate, both the acidity and the tannin structure are very well integrated. In spite of everything, it shows itself still unfinished in the momentary youthful stage and moves clearly on the fruity side. It would be a pity not to have the patience to let this wine mature to its perfection.


If you don't want to wait, be sure to decant it.


Wines from Etna are probably one of the most exciting things to rediscover at the moment. Etna, on whose slopes viticulture has been practised since before the arrival of the Greeks in the 8th century BC, looks back on a long and, above all, very unique history. Not only does Etna have a large number of autochthonous vines, but also their cultivation and the entire cultural landscape are absolutely unique. The vines for the DOP are cultivated in an approved corridor of 400-1100m above sea level - in some cases, however, the actual cultivation extends up to 1300m above sea level. On its slopes, Etna offers a unique cultural landscape small parcelled vineyards with up to 10,000 plants per hectare in the Albarello system line it in terraces, built from the volcanic rock of its slopes. The soils on the largest active volcano in Europe are also very fertile, and drought stress does not occur here, as it does in so many other places in Sicily.

Palmentro - or The Illegal Wine.

The biggest feature of Etna are the classic palmeros, the old wine press, pressing and storage houses. They were built three storeys high into the slopes, mostly facing north. Two or three of the walls, often one metre thick, were built into the ground in order to keep the interior temperature cool in a natural way. In the Palmero all steps of the vinification took place, from the grape reception to the storage. The three floors made it possible to carry out the entire production process by pure gravity and without any other aids. Production was still carried out in this way until the 1960s, when the first technical aids such as pumps appeared on the market and slowly but surely diluted the old production methods, until the EU legally switched off the lights on this millennia-old method of production a good 20 years ago for hygiene reasons. A dramatic change in winemaking ensued as the production factor fell away and winemakers now eked out their existence more as grape producers. Hundreds of palmenti lay fallow, neglected and decaying. Today, there are only very few intact palmeri left, but in some of them the light is still on. The wines produced there violate the hygiene requirements of the current EU law, but rebellion has rarely tasted so good.

Food recommendations by Christina Hilker

  • Braised rabbit sugo with parpardelle
  • Venison medallions with savoy cabbage and cranberries
  • B½uf bourguignon with pickled cherries and polenta




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Alcohol content

14% Vol.

Residual sweetness



contains sulfur, protein and milk


5,7 g/l

Drinking temperature



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