Etna is an active volcano and a booming wine region
In early 2010s there were 10 wine producers bottling their wines here. Now their number amounts to 150. The prices of vineyards have grown five-fold in recent five years. In terms of style Etna wines are often compared to Barolo wines and are sometimes called "Burgundy of the Mediterranean" referring to both wine subtlety and an amazing diversity of terroirs. The difference lies only in the fact that the Burgundy terroir goes back millions of years and the Etna terroir is still forming and reforming with new eruptions. Terraces, a hundred-year-old vines, wine makers and reckless madman who have come from all over the world to make great wine — that is something to be watched right now. The programme includes such acknowledged Etna names as Passopisciaro, Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Benanti, Tenuta di Fessina, Tenuta Aglae, Piatradolce, Girolamo Russo, Graci, ICustodi, I Vigneri as well as garage wine makers Eduardo Torres, Vino di Anna, Vigneti Vecchio, Vini Scirto, Wiegner and many others.