|Sicily's Mount Etna volcano erupts in 2002. Photo, courtesy of Wikipedia, taken from the International Space Station.|
Since the early 1980s, Foti has been an adviser on several wine projects – Benanti, Vini Biondi, Il Cantante, Gulfi – which have helped refocus an international eye on the Mediterranean island’s unique vitiviniculture. Today, the author, consultant, and Etna native is focusing on a new project with centuries-old roots.
AmericanWineWriter recently caught up with Foti for a Q & A about I Vigneri, Mount Etna, and finding harmony in making wine on the slopes of an active volcano.
|Salvo Foti at Vigna Bosco|
Photo by: Benjamin Spencer
AWW: What is your definition of 'Terroir'?
|AWW:Please describe the perfect vintage.|
SF: For me it DOESN’T EXIST! Fortunately!
AWW: You have been vocal about your dislike of the title of winemaker. What do you think the people who make wine should be called?
SF: I do not like the literal meaning of winemaker: Creator of wine. I feel that my work is the combination of two inseparable professions: viticulturist (winegrower) and vintner.
AWW: Please tell our readers about the Bosco Vineyard.
|Alberello vines are crucial to Mount Etna's vitiviniculture.|
Photo by Benjamin Spencer
AWW: What problems do Etna vineyards face?
|Courtesy of I Vigneri|
AWW: What ‘techniques’ do you hate or abhor?