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Passocannone wine is produced in the homonymous district, which is part of the hamlet of Passopisciaro. It is in the heart of the production area of Etna Rosso DOC produced with Nerello Mascalese grapes.

This wine has always been cultivated by the Del Campo family on their estate that borders with Passopisciaro, part of the village of Castiglione di Sicilia and the property of the heirs of Ettore Majorana for about 2,5 kilometers of border. The estate is crossed by the national road SS n° 120 of Etna and the Madonie and it is located at about 700 meters above sea level. The wine is produced with Nerello Mascalese and since the time of the unification of Italy it was exported from the port of Riposto to all European markets and in particular to England. Passocannone is the best wine that the northern part of Mount Etna can offer thanks to the excellent drainage and biodynamicity.

The soil is biodynamic by definition (renovated by the rains of ashes of Etna); the terraces are all in a well ventilated area and never affected by persistent fog. The excellent and healthy grapes at harvest time can only produce a very good wine. The Etna Rosso was loved by Frank Sinatra (who looked for it in the Sicilian restaurants in America) and by Ettore Majorana, great atomic physicist who spent his holidays there with his family, until his mysterious disappearance in 1938. The geographical location is unique, not only for the magnificence of Mount Etna, but also because sometimes there is a double rainbow when there is air current coming from Demone Valley.

CLIMATE

Passopisciaro has been particularly favorable to the cultivation of grapes since antiquity. Nerello Mascalese which is a local wine with origins in the nearby Mascali grows in optimum conditions thanks to the constant air currents which sweep the area, the wind which comes from the Demone Valley that splits eastern and western winds.