Wine Details

Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC

The Nerello Mascalese grapes for the Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme come from the contrada of the same name. “Diciasettesalme” indicates the 25-hectare Cru, which corresponds to 17 (diciasette in Italian) Salme, an antique Sicialian unit of measurement. The lava-clay soil in the vineyard yields a wine with strength, dense tannins and an intense ruby red color. On the nose, mixed berry perfumes turn softly into herbal notes, such as mauve, thyme and juniper, interlaced with the mineral sensations typical of the variety and vineyards. Perfectly balanced tannins finish with a balsamic note.





100% Nerello Mascalese


Contrada Diciassettesalme, Castiglione di Sicilia


7,000 kg/ha


8 months in large oak barrels

Alcohol content:


Age of vines:

12 years

pH level:



5.1 g/l


15,000 bottles





Average altitude:

750 meters (2460 feet) a.s.l.


Gentle destemming and temperature-controlled (28°C /82°F) maceration on the skins for about 30 days. Temperature-controlled fermentation (26-28°C/78-82°F), with constant pump-overs and pressing. Malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels.


First ten days of October - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews


Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2018

International Wine Review (93)- "Medium ruby red. Intriguing scents of red raspberry, cherry and hints of wet earth on the nose. The palate is refined with excellent freshness and purity, mirroring the bouquet with additional notes of spices and tobacco leaf. Finishes long and precise with mineral nuances. Sourced from a 700 m high vineyard in the Diciassettesalme contrada. Matured 8 months in large oak casks."


Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2018

Wine Enthusiast (91)- "Aromas of underbrush, Mediterranean herb, eucalyptus and red berry waft out of the glass. The bright medium-bodied palate features juicy morello cherry, raspberry, baking spice and a hint of hazelnut alongside fine-grained tannins."


Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2017

Wine Advocate (92+)- "Cottanera's 2017 Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme, with fruit from a contrade in Castiglione di Sicilia, is a svelte and polished expression of Nerello Mascalese that shows classy elegance and balanced intensity. This mid-weight wine exhibits a bright, almost glossy texture with delicate aromas of wild rose, bitter almond, mountain herb and crushed granite stone. Don't underestimate those tannins. Although you don't initially notice them, you are made clearly aware of how long and steady this wine remains on the finish thanks to that inner structure. Diciassettesalme has made leaps and bounds forward in quality and cellar-worthiness over these past few years. About 17,500 bottles were produced."