When you think of renowned wine regions like Napa, Sonoma Valley, Alsace, Tokaj, or Santorini, what do they all have in common? Beyond their breathtaking landscapes and exquisite wines, there’s a shared secret beneath the surface: volcanic soil.

The Secrets of Volcano

So, what exactly is volcanic soil, and how does it set itself apart from other types of soil where grapevines thrive worldwide? The answer is surprisingly simple: volcanic soils result from the weathering of materials ejected by volcanic eruptions.

Etna (Photo by Inés Álvarez Fdez via Unsplash.com)

Mystery of ‘Volcanic Wines’

You might have come across the term ‘volcanic wines’ in your wine adventures. At first glance, it may seem a bit peculiar, especially when we consider the historical eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. As Pliny the Elder, a Roman philosopher and naturalist, famously stated, “As to the wines of Pompeii, they [arrive] at their full perfection in 10 years.” It’s intriguing to think that amidst the cataclysmic eruption, some residents might have been indulging in well-aged libations as the volcanic ash shrouded the sky.

The connection between volcanic soil and exceptional wines is a fascinating one. Volcanic soils infuse grapes with unique mineral profiles and terroir characteristics, resulting in wines that often boast distinct flavors and aromas. From the smoky notes of Santorini’s Assyrtiko to the bold reds of Italy’s Etna Rosso, volcanic wines offer a journey into the heart of the Earth’s fiery legacy.

As we delve deeper into the world of wine, exploring the geological origins of these exceptional terroirs adds another layer of appreciation for the liquid artistry in every bottle. So, the next time you sip a glass of volcanic wine, raise it to the Earth’s fiery core and the remarkable journey it embarks upon to tantalize our palates.

Some wines for your inspiration we have put together, but please feel free to have a look at the broad range of volcanic wines at VinoVoss.com:

Azores Wine Company Arinto dos Açores Sur Lies

Venetsanos Santorini

Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Vigne Vecchie

Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Fanni Kertje Örökség Tokaji Szamorodni Tarcal

Lotte Gabrovits

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