Home field advantage doesn't count in winemaking and everyone loves an underdog. Eduardo Torres Acosta moved from his home on the Canary Islands in 2012 to intern with esteemed Sicilian winemaker Ariana Occhipinti. Coupling this understudy experience with his upbringing working the vines on his father's own estate, Eduardo sought out availability on Mount Etna and was able to rent a few small parcels on the north side of the volcano and the rest, well, is waiting to be uncorked.
Predominantly Nerello Mascalese with other local varieties, this wine smells like black cherry and brown spice and has balanced tannins and the sharp, pleasing acidity that only vines stemming from volcanic ash can create.
Eduardo Torres Acosta, a young winemaker from the Canary Islands, first began working with vines in Tenerife, where his father, a local postman, had a small plot of land. In 2012 Eduardo moved to Sicily, where he interned at Azienda Arianna Occhipinti (you may have heard of it). Soon thereafter he got a job as the enologist at Azienda Passopisciaro, one of the pioneers of new wave Etna producers. Despite Eduardo’s "outsider" status, he managed to rent several fine parcels on Etna from locals. The grapes are harvested and then trucked to Arianna Occhipinti’s estate in Vittoria. Since the winemaking facility is not on Etna, the wines are not allowed DO status and simply carry the IGT Terre Siciliane designation.