Pistemutta Etna Rosso Frank Cornelissen

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Bright and earthy, with notes of red fruit and garden herbs, this Sicilian rosso (red wine) was inspired by the Mediterranean’s ancient winemaking tradition.  

It’s part of our collection of artisanal fermented beverages made using restorative land practices and bottled with minimal intervention.

  • 750 ml bottle
  • Alcohol content 13% by volume
  • Product of Italy
  • Best consumed between 2022 and 2035
  • Must be 21 or older to purchase
  • Purchasers must be a resident of, and ship to one of these states: AK, CA, CT, DC, FL, LA (wine & cider only), ND, NE, NH, NM, OR, VA, WV, WY
  • All sales are by Forest Ferments, LLC and subject to acceptance and approval by Forest Ferments
  • Forest Ferments has producer’s permission to sell product direct to consumer
  • Not for resale

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Why Natural Wine?

  • Thanks to low-intervention growing and processing techniques, these wines beautifully express the landscapes in which they’re grown—so each sip conveys the taste, aroma, and spirit of some of the best places on earth
  • Grapes are grown with regenerative practices that restore rather than deplete local ecosystems
    • No herbicides or pesticides: On some farms, sheep graze down the weeds; on others, waterfowl handle pest control and provide fertilizer
    • Native plants grow between rows to prevent erosion, draw down carbon and improve soil health
  • Fermentation, aging and bottling:
    • No filtration
    • Minimal or no added sulfites
    • No animal-based clarifying agents; our wine is vegan
    • Naturally occurring, indigenous yeasts—rather than lab-grown varieties—drive fermentation
  • Flavors are wild, intense, unconventional


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Product Details

  • Fermentable base: Nerello Mascalese grapes
  • Produced and bottled in Sicily, Italy
  • Imported by ZRS Wines, Brooklyn, NY
  • Distributed by Forest Ferments LLC, Ventura, CA

About the Producer

The Vineyard

  • The Frank Cornelissen estate spans 60 acres in Sicily, on Mount Etna’s rugged and rumbling north slope
  • Vines, including for this rosso wine, are grown using the traditional, free-standing alberello method
  • Olive trees aid the grapes by retaining water and attracting beneficial insects
  • Cereals like buckwheat are planted between rows to revive soils and draw down carbon
  • Clusters are tended by hand throughout ripening to remove damaged or low-flavor grapes
  • At harvest, each cluster is cut at its peak of phenolic potency (phenols affect the color, flavor and texture of the finished wine)


The Winemaker

  • The son of a Belgian wine broker, Frank Cornelissen chose Mount Etna for his vineyard in 2001, drawn to its expressive, diverse volcanic soils
  • Frank Cornelissen believes the future of Sicilian wine can be found by looking back at the region’s 2,500 year-old tradition of sustainable, self-sufficient viticulture
  • He lives with his wife and children on the grounds, with a view of Mount Etna


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A vineyard in Sicily with hills in the background

Sourcing Our Natural Wines

At 3,000 feet above sea level, ungrafted vines thrive in the Mediterranean sunlight. Mount Etna, Sicily. Photo by Frank Cornelissen

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