Girolamo Russo was founded in 2005 by Giuseppe Russo in memory of his late father. The family is native to one of the key villages which lies on the north face of Mount Etna, which is very much at the heart of Etna’s rebirth of Nerello Mascalese. The Russos have 26 hectares of land in and around Passopisciaro, with 15 hectares of vineyards surrounded by olive and hazelnut groves. Their vines for A’Rina run high up, between 650 and 780 metres above sea level with many of the free-standing bush vines over 80 years old. Giuseppe works the vineyards organically and makes the wines himself.
Nerello Mascalese provides an incredible option for lovers of Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir, with vibrant fruits, velvety tannins and a distinctive minerality. Indigenous to Mount Etna, it is truly most at home here over anywhere else in the world, with its true complexity brought to life in the hands of Giuseppe Russo.