A little about Sicily
La mia terra, ricca di cultura e profumi.
Sicily has long been noted for its fruitful soil due to the volcanic eruptions in the past and present. The local agriculture is also helped by the pleasant climate of the island. The main agricultural products are wheat, citrons, oranges (Arancia Rossa di Sicilia IGP), lemons, tomatoes (Pomodoro di Pachino IGP), olives, olive oil, artichokes, Opuntia ficus-indica (Fico d’India dell’Etna DOP), almonds, grapes, pistachios (Pistacchio di Bronte DOP) and wine. Cattle and sheep are raised. The cheese productions are particularly important thanks to the Ragusano DOP and the Pecorino Siciliano DOP. Ragusa is noted for its honey (Miele Ibleo) and chocolate (Cioccolato di Modica IGP) productions.
Sicily is the third largest wine producer in Italy (the world’s largest wine producer) after Veneto and Emilia Romagna. The region is known mainly for fortified Marsala wines. In recent decades the wine industry has improved, new winemakers are experimenting with less-known native varietals, and Sicilian wines have become better known.
The best known local varietal is Nero d’Avola, named for a small town not far from Syracuse; the best wines made with these grapes come from Noto, a famous old city close to Avola. Other important native varietals are Nerello Mascalese used to make the Etna Rosso DOC wine, Frappato that is a component of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wine, Moscato di Pantelleria (also known as Zibibbo) used to make different Pantelleria wines, Malvasia di Lipari used for the Malvasia di Lipari DOC wine and Catarratto mostly used to make the white wine Alcamo DOC. Furthermore, in Sicily high quality wines are also produced using non-native varietals like Syrah, Chardonnay and Merlot.
Sicily is also known for its liqueurs, such as the Amaro Averna produced in Caltanissetta and the local limoncello.
Fishing is another fundamental resource for Sicily. There are important tuna, sardine, swordfish and European anchovy fisheries. Mazzara del Vallo is the largest fishing centre in Sicily and one of the most important in Italy.
Facts And Figures
Wine grape Production
Particularly coming after 2014’s usually subpar, rain-soaked harvest, 2015 was a standard year for several Italian regions. Puglia’s production improved by 2.5 million hectolitres over 2014, moving it into second place among the regions ahead of both Emilia Romagna and Sicilia for the first time since 2010. Veneto, the perennial top producer, also had a big year, with a quantity close to 10 million hectolitres. Though slighter in absolute numbers, some other regions had striking increases in quantity over 2014, led by Puglia, which was up 32%. Only Molise, Basilicata, and Lombardia produced less in 2015 than 2014.
Source: Istat Data 2016
Volume in thousands of hectoliters
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