Carlo Ferrini, with his light eyes and dirty blonde hair, is a familiar face on Etna. The Tuscan winemaker has worked as a consultant on the volcano for years, and he was well-rooted in the territory as its popularity started to grow. Like many (and I include myself here), Carlo became deeply enamored of Sicily and Etna. When he was back in Tuscany, he started to suffer from a form of nostalgic homesickness for Sicily that could only be appeased by some sort of permanent residency on the island. His Alberelli di Giodo was born of this spirt. He farms a small parcel in Contrada Rampante (at 700 to 950 meters above sea level). He also has a small plot in the Contrada Pietrarizzo with pre-phylloxera alberello vines that are 80 to 100 years old. The organic vines have northern exposures, ideal for Nerello Mascalese, and are planted in characteristic volcanic pumice sand.