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.
The Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosso 2022 is an enchanting red wine, distinguished by its youthful vibrancy and zest. On the nose, it unfurls a tapestry of cherry and raspberry aromas, laced with a hint of spice that bestows a unique character. The palate is greeted with an unexpected elegance and complexity, offering a velvety texture that swathes the taste buds. The fruit remains the focal point, crafting a seamless and approachable profile that beckons one to indulge in another sip. It is the quintessential choice for those in pursuit of the grape’s quintessence in its most unadulterated form.