Sicily report 2022: spotlight on Europe’s hottest region plus 65 wines tasted

A dusty harvest at Torre Mora in Linguaglossa, northeast Etna.

The island of Sicily is Italy’s biggest – and the world’s tenth-largest – wine region by vineyard area, comprising 98,992 hectares of vineyards (source: Assovini Sicilia). Predominantly hilly and mountainous, it is striking in its drama and beauty.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for a selection of recently-tasted new releases from Sicily

Often described as a ‘mini-continent’, Sicily’s terroirs vary massively. Sicily’s coastal zones experience dry, hot summers, compounded in the southwest by the Scirocco wind blowing up from North Africa. Inland things get a bit more continental, with larger day/night temperature swings made possible by the altitudinous landscape.