Toegevoegd aan mandje
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Sicilië is een heerlijke regio om te ontdekken omwille van de dynamiek en energie die dit eiland uitstraalt, zeker ook op wijnvlak. Met 115.000 hectare wijngaarden staat Sicilië binnen Italië op de eerste plaats qua wijngaardgrootte. Toch is het niet de grootste wijnproducent van het land, die eer is weggelegd voor Veneto.

Geschiedenis

Net zoals buureiland Sardinië kent ook Sicilië een lange wijntraditie. Zowel Feniciërs, Romeinen als Grieken vestigden zich hier, en lieten hun sporen na op de wijncultuur. Daarna sukkelde Sicilië echter in een diepe wijnslaap.

Pas aan het einde van de 18de eeuw, met de ontwikkeling en het succes van de Marsalawijn kwam het eiland opnieuw in een wijnstroomversnelling terecht. De Engelse handelaar John Woodhouse ontdekte dat door toevoeging van alcohol de wijn stabieler werd, net zoals bij Port- of Sherrywijnen, die in dezelfde tijd populair zijn geworden.

Een economische trend die Sicilië in de loopvan de vorige eeuw getekend heeft, is de (r)evolutie van het cantina sociale-model (de coöperaties) naar het private wijndomein. Eind jaren tachtig kozen veel producenten voor een een nieuwe werkwijze: de eigen verkoop op het familiedomein. Daarbij werd kwaliteit, en niet langer kwantiteit, vooropgesteld.

Toch vind je Siciliaanse wijnen nog steeds bijzonder weinig terug binnen gecontroleerde herkomstbenamingen. De regio is nog steeds voornamelijk een producent van IGP-wijnen (Indicazione Geografica Protetta, landwijn) en generische wijnen (de vroegere categorie van de tafelwijnen), al dan niet met jaartal en druivenras vermeld.

Geografie

  • Klimaat: hangt sterk af van de hoogte en de ligging; ten noorden van de Etna is het gematigd fris, ten zuiden is het bijna subtropisch door invloed van de Sahara, het westen is mediterraan
  • Bodem: rond de Etna vulkanisch, elders kalk en klei
  • Ligging: van zeeniveau tot 1000 meter hoogte, zowel op de noordelijke als zuidelijke flanken

Culinaire specialiteiten

  • Niet minder dan zes Siciliaanse olijfoliesoorten zijn beschermd, waarvan de Monte Etna misschien wel de meest levendige is van smaak en heerlijk is als basis voor de Siciliaanse pesto ericino.
  • Deze regio levert ongetwijfeld de beste pistachenoten, die vooral op de lage flanken van de Etna groeien, samen met cactusvijgen en bloedsinaasappelen.
  • Sicilië is een paradijs voor zoetekauwen: proef zeker de gelato di bergamotto met in chocolade gedrenkte schil van citroen uit Sorrento.

Bekijk onze wijnen uit Sicilië

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