A boundless source of ideas and initiatives, a dynamic personality and a volcanic soul, Dr. Moretti Cuseri could not find a better place to expresses himself than in Etna.
Dante described this area as “The island of fire”. Here we find some of the oldest centenary, ungrafted vines that are cultivated in Italy. The alberello vines, also referred to as “bush style” are trained onto black molten rock terraces and have found their ideal setting in this region for thousand of years
The fourteen hectares of Contrada Santo Spirito di Passopisciaro are located at 700 metres above sea level and are planted with local grapes that are autochthonous to Etna. The red wine is Nerello Mascalese and the white wine is Carricante and Minnella. There are some fundamental factors that contribute to growing great grapes, such as volcanic soil, which can sometimes be stony and gravelly, sandy or ashy. Also, good ventilation is very important as well as the age of the vines, many of wich are pre-phylloxera.
History and geology embrace our vineyards, all bushed trained and in harmony with all of nature that surrounds them, always respecting the soil and tradition that welcomed these vines more than two thousand years.
Manual harvesting, low yield per hectare and the unique imprint of the mountain, combined with the knowledge of a specialized team, allow us to produce two indisputably characteristic wines, the Animardente Etna Rosso Doc and the Animalucente Etna Bianco Doc. They are intense wines that are rich in flavour and bouquet, with mineral and ethereal notes that recall the lava ashes of this spectacular territory.