The farm and vineyards are located in the Northern valley of the Etna, an active volcano, in Sicily. Nowadays the northern valley is considered as Etna’s top area for single-vineyard (contrada) red wines like the “Côtes-de-Nuits” in Burgundy or Piemonte’s “Barolo” area. The estate’s surface area is approximately 24 hectares, of which 13ha are old vines in the classic free standing alberello training system (Gobelet or bush-vine), 9ha of old vines transformed into modern rows with various width, approximately 2ha of olive growth and the remainder are fruit trees, vegetables and bush. Although Etna has a tradition in high density plantation of vines, Cornelissen seeks to reduce monoculture and has thus interplanted various local fruit varieties which attract bees to regain a complex ecosystem. The new vineyards are planted without grafts, using a selection of our original, ungrafted vines. 

Cornelisson’s farming philosophy is based on acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions, hence they choose to concentrate on observing and learning the movements of Mother Earth in her various energetic and cosmic passages and prefer to follow her indications as to what to do, instead of deciding and imposing ourselves. 

Tasting Note

The first time you tilt a glass of the 2019 Susucaru, you can’t help but take a step back and ponder if this is wine or the freshest glass of pure cherry-berry juice that you’ve ever encountered. The bouquet wafts up like a basket of freshly picked fruits, with hints of stem and the dark earth that collected under your nails as you pulled them from the vine. It’s juicy, fleshy and round, but also full of lively acidity, as a mix of wildberries and subtle savory spice saturates, creating a tug of tension toward the close. The Susucaru tapers off, fully satisfying, lightly structured and persistent. Enjoy this young, fresh blend of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Alicante Bouschet with abandon. [91 Points, Eric Guido – May 2021,]

*Organic Viticulture