The Girolamo Russo estate was founded in 2005 by Giuseppe Russo, in memory of his late father. The family are native of Passopisciaro, one of the key villages at the heart of the rebirth of Etna’s most important grape variety, Nerello Mascalese.
This is the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily. The Russos have 26 hectares of land in and around Passopisciaro, with 15 hectares of vineyards surrounded by olive and hazelnut groves. The vineyards are high up, between 650 and 780 metres above sea level, inland from the beautiful town of Taormina. Many of the free-standing bush vines are over 80 years old, surviving in harmony with Etna’s black, mineral-rich volcanic soil.
Giuseppe works the vineyards organically and makes the wines himself. He vinifies each parcel separately, seeking out their individual identities in a series of wines that reflect the diverse character of their terroirs.

Tasting Notes

Girolamo Russo’s Etna Rosato is a wine of great freshness, offering the limpid fragrance of ripe fruit and the iodine and marine scents of Sicily. The cool climate of the volcano is perfect for making great rosés, elegant, refined and pleasantly citrusy. High-quality grapes and carefully executed processing make for a very interesting label that ranks among the best of the area’s excellences. Its aromatic delicacy makes it perfect to enjoy with seafood hors d’oeuvres, shellfish, seafood first courses or even with a pizza margherita. To the eye it has a beautiful, luminous light pink colour. The nose expresses delicate aromas of small red berries, raspberry, redcurrant, cherry, hints of citrus and floral nuances. Fragrant and juicy, it offers a rich, ripe fruit palate, well balanced by a lively mineral freshness.