Aleatico dell'Elba
Wine, olive oil and honey

Wines, liqueurs and grappa from the Island of Elba

Local Elban wines, liqueurs and grappas are not to be missed

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Elba Aleatico D.O.C.
Elba Aleatico has an intense ruby red colour with purple reflections, during its first years. After some years in the bottle, these may turn into amber shades. Elba Aleatico has a characteristic aroma which is both strong and persistent: there is a clear scent of underwood, rose and black cherry. The flavour is soft and velvety, the sweet taste at the beginning turns into a persistent taste of black-cherry, fruit and dried fruit.

Elba Ansonica and Passito

As well as the Elba Aleatico, on the island there are other raisin wines (passito) made with white grapes: these are the Ansonica and the Moscato. As for the Aleatico, the white grapes that become passito (Ansonica, Trebbiano, Vermentino and Moscato) must stay in the sun for a certain amount of time after they have been carefully selected during the grape-harvest.

White and Red Elba wine
Elba white wine D.O.C. remains a good wine even after two years, if preserved in a cellar with a controlled temperature. It is best tasted with fish dishes, starters and delicate soups. Elba red wine D.O.C. has a ruby red colour, red wine aroma and a full and dry flavour. It is ready to drink during the first year but improves even more after three or four years. This wine goes well with pasta dishes and red meat. Other fine wines are Elba Rosato, Moscato, and white Elba sparkling wine.

Liqueurs

Since antiquity on the island it has been a tradition to make homemade liquors with alcohol and the citrus fruits from the area of Sant'Andrea. Still today, Limoncino and Arancino are made using the same recipes and are the result of an alcoholic infusion, with water, sugar and lemon or orange peel. These kind of liquors, thanks to their sweet aroma, are perfect as a ‘digestivo’ a the end of a meal or served with desserts. Other typical Elba liqueurs are: Crema di Limoncino, Ciliegino and Liquore di Mortella.

Grappa
Grappa is a type of brandy obtained through the distillation of fresh fermented marc. When the grappa is made from the marc of only one species of vine, it takes the name of that certain vine; while if various types of grapes are used then a name will be created especially. Elba grappas are all produced from Elba vines and most of them are distilled on the island.

Source: www.aptelba.it