In 2005, Giuseppe Russo honoured the memory of his father, Girolamo, by taking over the family estate and working to restore the glory to the name of Girolamo Russo. Driven by the desire to respect and perpetuate his family’s traditions, all while reinterpreting them through his own ideas and talent, this passionate owner is developing new approaches to winemaking on his homeland.
Rooted in Sicily, one of the most famous Italian islands, this 19-hectare estate shines on the earth of rebirth of the great red wines from Etna, a region known for its vast, still-active volcano. There, near the village of Passopisciaro, the vines surrounded by olive and hazelnut trees flourish at an altitude of around 800 metres above sea level.
The region is known for this high altitude, which creates a microclimate. Indeed, the relatively humid weather contrasts with a Mediterranean climate, which offers a very interesting climatic richness to the vines influenced by very fertile volcanic soils.
To preserve these precious lands, Giuseppe Russo and his team cultivated their vineyard through organic farming. To do this, they use traditional methods which have allowed the vines to navigate the last century in perfect health. Thus, the old goblet-cut vines stand alongside young cord-cut vines, and the entirety of the vineyard is worked by hand.
The grapes are carefully selected to produce wines from the Etna Rosso appellation which mirror their terroir. From fragrances to colours by way of other nuances of softness, the cuvées revealed by Girolamo Russo evoke the unique character of each part of the vineyard.