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Mar 12, 2024

In recent years, there has been a lot of buzz around “volcanic wines.” The term makes it sound as if these are wines that are spawned from a volcano, but in reality these are wines that many people believe have special qualities because they grow on volcanic soils. 


In this show, I define the types of volcanoes before discussing the ecosystems they form.Here is the list of wines/places I discuss in the show:




Mount Etna, Sicily: Reds (Rosso of the Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio grapes), whites (Bianco, mainly of the Carricante grape)


Soave, Veneto: Whites grown on specific hillsides (Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave grapes)

Photo: Mount Etna. Source: Pexels



Vesuvius: Whites of Coda di Volpe, Caprettone, Falanghina, Greco. Rosés and reds of Piedirosso, Aglianico, Sciacinoso


  • Taurasi DOCG and Aglianico del Taburno DOCG: Reds of the Aglianico grape. I mention Feudi di San Gregorio
  • Fiano di Avellino: May or may not be affected by the volcanic soil
  • Greco di Tufo DOCG: White of the Greco grape, the sulfur and compressed volcanic ash (tufo),and volcanic sand and clay, give the wines an acidity, minerality & flintiness that has clear volcanic influence 


Basilicata: Aglianico del Vulture. Reds of Aglianico 

Piedmont: Alto Piemonte. Red blends in Gattinara, Boca, Bramaterra

Umbria/Lazio: Orvieto. Whites of Grechetto, Trebbiano Toscano



Greece: Santorini - White of Assyrtiko. Lemnos -Red of Limnio


Spain: The Canary Islands/Las Canarias - Whites of Malvasîa Volcánica, Malvasîa Aromática, Listán Blanco. Reds of Listán Negro


Portugal: Açores islands (the Azores). Whites: Arinto, Verdelho, Fernão Pires, Terrantez 



  • North of Lake Balaton in Somló, whites of the Juhfark grape
  • Tokaji – sweet and dry whites of mainly the Furmint grape



  • Oregon's Willamette Valley
  • Some parts of Napa, Lake County in California


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