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Collection: Etna: Sciara

Both as a wine lover, and as a Hong Kong wine importer, we are very proud to offer to you the wines of Stef Yim, the Hong Kong winemaker making wines at Mount Etna on Sicily in Italy.

Born in Hong Kong, Stef grew up in Los Angeles where he became a Sommelier at top restaurants. He quickly became fascinated with wines from volcanic soils, after wines from these soils repeatedly beat Grand Cru Burgundy and other cult wines in his blind tastings.

To learn winemaking, Stef worked for wineries in Lake County (US), Madiran (France) and the Canary Islands (Spain), before purchasing a plot of land in Contrada Taccione on Mount Etna and built his own winery in 2014 (Azienda Agricola Sciara).

Nowadays, he owns land in nine different Contrada, including some of the most famous and well known ones: Barbabecchi, Feudo di Mezzo, Rampante, Sciaranuova, Tartaraci and others.

Stef's winemaking is organic and low-intervention, with natural yeast fermentation, no filtration and chemical additions. Depending upon the grape, terroir, and vintage characteristics, a different mix of vessels (from barriques, ceramic tanks, glass fibre tanks, clay pots, glass demijohn) and winemaking methods are employed to make the best wine.

He has an unique vision of what Etna wines are: he makes wines which express the characteristics of Etna at different altitudes. Instead of making single Contrada wines, wines from Sciara are labelled according to their average altitudes above sea levels: 760 m, 980 m, and 1,200 m. For example, 760 m is a blend of grapes from Contrada Sciaranuova and Taccione, 980 m is a blend of grapes from Contrada Carrana, Monte Dolce, and Barbabecchi, but 1,200 m is a single Contrada wine (Nave).

At the level of 760 m, the soil of his vineyard is a mixture of volcanic rocks and sand, and the higher is the vineyard, the higher the content of sand, and and finer the sand particles will become.

It follows that Stef's 760 m is more structural, bolder, and more flinty, while the higher altitude ones are more elegant and refined, with great salinity and sapidity.

While all of Stef's vines are above 45 years old, he does have very old pre-phylloxera vines in some of his vineyards. Grapes from these vines are collected and combined in his top wine, "Centenario".

6 products
  • 2018 1200, Etna Rosso IGP
    2018 1200, Etna Rosso IGP
    Vendor
    Sciara, Etna
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    $703.00
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    $703.00
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  • 2018 980, Etna Rosso DOC
    2018 980, Etna Rosso DOC
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    Sciara, Etna
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    $538.00
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  • 2018 760, Etna Rosso DOC
    2018 760, Etna Rosso DOC
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    Sciara, Etna
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    $415.00
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  • 2018 Centenario, Etna Rosso
    2018 Centenario, Etna Rosso
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    Sciara, Etna
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    $725.00
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  • 2017 Passito (500 ml)
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    Sciara, Etna
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    $393.00
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    $393.00
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  • 2018 Acqua di Luna, Etna Bianco
    2018 Acqua di Luna, Etna Bianco
    Vendor
    Sciara, Etna
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    $336.00
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    $336.00
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