In the words of the winemaker: "I love Sicilian wines and was thinking about the really fun, highly aromatized, skin contact whites made of grapes like Zibbibo when I decided to make this. I looked around the Willamette Valley and found a vineyard growing Viognier and Pinot gris and across the street another growing Muscat. I thought the combination of those three grapes might result in what I was after. I named it Tears of Vulcan because I was thinking of really the only thing Sicily and Oregon have in common, volcanic soils. Thus the god of volcanoes graces the label."