​Hidden Etna Part 2 – the south and historic west

Etna's southwest side

See also Hidden Etna Part 1 – the east and the associated tasting notesFor all our recent coverage of the island, see Sicily 2017 – the guide

Unlike Etna’s east side, the south side has struggled not so much with phylloxera as with urbanisation. Nicolosì, Trecastagni and Viagrande, the three towns on the south slope (see the World Atlas of Wine map of Etna), are a mere stone’s throw from Catania to the south and buildings have steadily encroached on land that was previously planted with vines. All three are partially built on sciare...