Contrada Santo Spirito, Passopisciaro, Etna Palmento
Costanzo is in the Santo Spirito area, between Franchetti's Passopisciaro and Marc De Grazia's Tenuta delle Terre Nere. There are few places on earth that the wine world is more excited about.
Palmento Costanzo is new, fortunately the vines are very old and, even better, they are bush trained (alberello). The farm is exactly what new owners, Mimmo and Valeria, dreamt of in their search for the perfect place to start their retirement from a life in industry. The farm is in the Etna national park and the smallest modification must have official approval from renovating the dry stones walls of the original Palmento (a fermentation cellar, similar to the "lagares" in Porto and Madeira) to improvements made to the ancient terraces that have been carved across the mountain; this is a true labour of love. The family now own seven hectares, home to just under fifty thousand old vines between thirty and seventy years old. All are indigenous varieties.
The ground is black, typical hard volcanic rock on the north face at an altitude of seven hundred and fifty metres. The cellar has been designed to be as gravity efficient as possible and uses large oak vats (Stockinger and Taransaud Ovum) to handle the best fruit; early vintages used old tonneaux. The team working the estate are local, no consultant has been invited to polish the wines. Mimmo and Valeria’s ambition is to make a great Etna red and white and also to release something more affordable that will give anyone the opportunity to experience a great Etna wine. This is where the Mofete range comes in. At the moment it is made from the same grapes as the brilliant Costanzo, an insanity that you should take advantage of as it will not be long before the new plantings supply its grapes.