The Nicolosi family have owned and cultivated their estate since 1727.
They take their name from an episode in their family’s history when Don Carmelo Nicolosi, from the Nicolosi Asmundo Family that was tasked with cultivating this hard volcanic land, was given the title of ‘Baron of Villagrande’ by Emperor Charles VI of Augsburg, King of Naples.
In 1968 when the D.O.C. Etna was established, Carlo Nicolosi Asmundo, at the time a university professor for enology at the University of Catania, wrote the regulations for the establishment of the appellation.
Today, Marco Nicolosi, Carlos’s son, is the Production Manager and Winemaker.
The Barone di Villagrande is situated on the Eastern slope of the active volcano Mount Etna, at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. The family’s vineyards form a natural amphitheatre, facing the beautiful town of Taormina and the Ionian Sea on Sicily’s eastern coast.
In recent times, the winery has expanded its business to the island of Salina, where it produces Passito from its Malvasia delle Lipari vineyards.