Sicily is the Mediterranean’s largest island, rich and varied in its history and art. It is mostly hilly, but there are a few mountains – and active volcanoes. Mount Etna to name just one, which happens to be the largest in Europe. Winemaking goes back to ancient times and there are many excellent wines using grapes native to Sicily – Nerello Mascalese to Carricante and from Nero d’Avola to Grillo. There is something for everyone here, also thanks to the incredibly varied terroirs, with some vineyards benefiting from Mediterranean Sea breezes and sandier soils to sloping vineyards that enjoy vast day/night temperatures swings and volcanic soil. There are 103,063 hectares (255,000 acres) under vine, producing 6.2 million hectoliters of wine per year. There is one DOCG and 23 DOCs.