I’m on holidays this week for the first time in a year (and it feels very very good), but I wanted to take a brief 5 minutes to point you towards a print article out now that I really enjoyed researching and writing.
It’s the twenty-year long story of how Australia’s first-ever Nerello Mascalese vines finally landed in Australia.
This yarn tracks the journey that the Chalmers family have undertaken to make this all happen, covering the history of alternative varieties in Australia and the long ride the Nerello Mascalese cuttings have taken from the slopes of Etna to a secure quarantine facility in Melbourne.
You can read the whole story in the October/November edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine (read online here – free trial available).
(Pictured: Girolamo Russo vineyard in Etna, source of these miracle cuttings).
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Great article. Etna is a special place and I’d go back in a flash if it were possible at the moment.