The beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily boasts a cultural history spanning millennia, where wine has always played a major part. Sicily's landscape is arid and hilly, and is dominated by Mount Etna (known also as Mongibello), one of the world's few remaining active volcanoes. The rich volcanic soil is highly fertile and the harsh sun is tempered by the cooling sea breezes, making certain areas of the island a vine grower's paradise. For centuries, winemakers have had tremendous success with Sicily's indigenous grape varieties such as Nero d'Avola, Frappato and Grillo. Today, modern winemaking combines with tradition to make unique wines, which are a true reflection of Sicily.