The Italian Etna DOC denomination is based on the slopes of Etna, the active volcano of 3330 meters that looks over the north-eastern corner of Sicily. Etna DOC was the first wine to be created in Sicily in August 1968, followed nine months later by another famous Sicilian wine: the Marsala.
On the slopes of Etna, looking east, the vineyards are flooded with light reflected from the sea. Local growers use this effect a lot, similar to what happens in other mountainous areas overlooking the water, such as Lake Geneva and along the Moselle. The terraced vineyards of Etna, with their sapling-trained vines, have contributed to the growing fortune of Sicilian wines, as has also happened to another Sicilian volcano, Lipari, north of the Aeolian Islands, with Malvasia delle Lipari wines.
The regulations of the Etna DOC denomination have remained unchanged over time, despite the myriad of changes in winemaking methods, viticulture, the wine market and consumer preferences. In fact, the small production of
Etna DOC wines, their territorial peculiarity and their quality have made it unnecessary to update the specification in all these years in which the volcano has continued its activity, as have the vines, thriving on its rich and dark soils.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.