Le Cantine Murgo wine producer

Le Cantine Murgo
Winemakers from all over Italy, and even further afield, have flocked to Etna in recent years, and most of the best-known producers are quite new (although their vineyards are usually ancient). The Scammacca clan, however, have roots here even longer than those of their vines, having arrived in Sicily in the 15th Century and established vineyards at their San Michele estate on Etna’s southeastern flank in 1850.
 
But they didn’t bottle and market their own wine until Emanuele Scammacco, Barone del Murgo, returned to Italy in 1980 after a series of diplomatic posts abroad and decided to revitalise the family estate, producing the first Murgo Etna Rosso in the 1982 vintage.  The baron went on to be Italian Ambassador in the Vatican, Brussels and Moscow before retiring to San Michele in 1999.  He died in 2015, aged 82, but the estate continues to be run and managed by his sons – all eight of them.  Second son Michele is the winemaker.
 
The Etna Rosso was joined in 1990 by an Etna Bianco and a sparkling Brut Murgo from early-harvested Nerello Mascalese.  The San Michele estate also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon (the first from Etna, in 1991) and, from 2010, a Pinot Nero.  The family have planted new vineyards nearer the coast to produce IGT Sicilia reds and whites from international varieties.

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