Professore Antonio Bevilacqua, an engineer, has a successful business in Palermo and Milan. As a proud Sicilian, he decided in 2007 to buy land in Etna, on the slopes of the famous volcano in the east of the island. Today he owns 35 hectares and rents a further 20 all around Randazzo at 650 metres, grown on terraces.
The soil is, naturally, volcanic and of poor vigour and there is a notable diurnal temperature difference, between night and day with good ventilation. Though Sicily is generally hot and sunny during the growing season the climate on Etna is cool, an advantage in a relatively hot years like, for example, 2012.
The grapes undergo a long temperature controlled maceration on the skins before fermentation and the wines see six months in oak. The winemaker is the noted consultant Riccardo Cotarella.