In 2000, Andrea Franchetti decided to restore an ancient baglio with a cellar on the slopes of Mount Etna, in Sicily. The winery is located about 1000m above the small town of Passopisciaro in the municipality of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the north side of the volcano. His first task was to recover the long-abandoned terraced vineyards and plant new ones with a planting density of 12,000 plants per hectare. His arrival on Etna contributed to the rebirth of mountain viticulture and the discovery of Etna wines by the international market. In Passopisciaro, Franchetti is mainly dedicated to the cultivation of Nerello Mascalese in its various declinations of territory, altitude and exposure, in the form of different crus, as well as to the cultivation of different non-native varieties, such as Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Cesanese d ' Affile.