Anna Martens & Eric Narioo

Anna MartensAnna Martens (the Anna in Vino di Anna) and her significant other, Eric Narioo (the founder of the influential UK wine importer Les Caves de Pyrene) started making wine together on Mount Etna in 2008. In 2010, they created Vino di Anna.

Anna is Australian. She started making wines there in the Adelaide hills. Then she worked in Tuscany at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia and at Tenuta di Trinoro, Andrea Franchetti’s biodynamic winery. It was Franchetti who first brought Anna to Sicily; he also owns Passopisciaro in Etna.

Eric NariooEric is French, a former rugby player, and a founder of the company Les Caves de Pyrene, who import and represent many of the world’s best natural winemakers.

Eric and Anna own several hectares, high on the north face of Mount Etna, that they farm organically, mostly old-vine Nerello Mascalese but also other varietals including Nerello Cappuccio, Grecanico, Carricante. Their soils are black, fertile, and rich in minerals. They also bought an old winery and Palmento, which they’ve restored. Recently they’ve extended the winery and buried Georgian qvevri for vinification and maturation.

Mount Etna often sprinkles their vineyards with fresh cinders. The vineyards are located along terraces at altitudes of 600 to 1200 meters, and the climate is extreme. It’s an exciting and challenging place to make natural wine.