The muscat of Syracuse and his history
Aulòs and Silenòs
Muscats of Syracuse
Sweet, golden, light, amber-coloured,
ancient and noble as the Greek who brought it
to Sicily, this Muscat, dessert wine to share,
has in its body the velvet caress of the sun
and the powerful sap of Mother land.
Coming from white Muscat grapes
lightly withered on the plant, this wine
continues the ancient tradition of Aretusean Muscat,
unique in the world for the scent and delicate taste.
Its perfume is the rural melody
of the Aulòs of Silenus ,( the flute of Silenus)
among dancing nymphs and satyrs.
It’s the present from Bacchus to the men.
Corrado Di Pietro
Siracuse Muscat Wine And Its History
The origin of the Syracuse muscat wine dates back ages ago, often wrapt among myth and legend. This wine, coming from Minor
Asia, was brought around the Mediterranean area from Phoenicians and Greeks. Syracuse, wonderful Greek colony was founded in 734 b.C. by Corinthians and with it , the history of Muscat wine begins, since it was imported by the founders Achaean kings.
Very soon, Syracuse became the largest, most powerful and prosperous town in the world.
Constituted by five towns, the "Pentàpoli", rich in wonderful monuments and with a large natural port, it was the heart of commercial exchanges in the Mediterranean, obscuring the splendour and the power of the Greek towns, which became enemies.
The wine, in the generous fertility of the places near the Pentapoli, found the ideal terroir to grow, becoming a unique product.
The ancient Greeks, gave this grape the name of Anathelicon moschaton and Plinio the Old called it Uva apiana because it was dear to bees.
Syracuse muscat wine called, since then "The Gods’ nectar", finds well-deserved praises in every historical period, from the ancient historians to Albert Jouvin de Rochefort in his Grand Tour, from Giovanni Verga where his characters drank the "Syracuse good muscat wine", to Alexandre Dumas who in "The big cookery dictionary" put it among the most famous crus in the paragraph "Foreign sweet wines".
And as all the earthly things, in the course of the centuries lots of events happened.
The first break for Syracuse muscat wine, together with the other wines was, at the end of 1800, when the epidemic of philloxera destroyed almost all the vineyards in Europe. In the 50’s due to different local socio-economic and cultural reasons, the link which Syracuse muscat wine had with its history and with its land, weakened until it was almost broken.