As the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is home to various microclimates that are great for growing grapes. Wine has been produced there since at least the 5th century B.C., after the Greeks began to transport vines to the island from the mainland.Sicily has experienced a wine revolution since about 2000. The critics are raving over the clean, fresh wines coming from Sicily's three DOC wine regions. We will visit Mt Etna, Vittoria , Marsala and the Belice regions as well as Palermo to finish up the tour!
Dates are April 27-May 5. Full details posted soon.
Mt Etna is a magical area where the volcanic soil, sea breezes and Sicilian sun combine to make it one of the world's most exciting wine regions.
Our guest host is Benjamin North Spencer, author of The New Wines of Mt Etna. ( definitely worth a previsit read). We will visit 5 wineries over 3 days, eat drink and learn the history and taste the modern revolution of Etna DOC wines.
The local Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio will give any Burgundy Pinot a run for its money!
This sunbleached Vittoria region in the South-Central area of the Island is well established as a magical wine region. We will meet, taste, eat and learn from the two trendsetters from this region. Occhipinti and COS. wineries. These wines have made waves across the wine world for their incredible freshness, minerality and terroir.
If you have a difficult time finding Occhipiniti wines in your area, now is your chance!
The beautiful Belice Valley, situated along the central west coast of Sicily , is home to the two of Sicily's biggest producers, Dona Fugata and Planeta.
.Planeta was the first Sicilian winery to grown classic French Vinifera on the Island.
We will also take a quick jaunt to Marsala to experience this historic dessert wine at it's source.
Palermo has l in one of the cultural and historic hubs in the Mediterranean with with ancient markets, cathedrals and of course food! En route to Palermo we will take a detour and enjoy a true farm lunch the remarkable Piana Degli Albanisi, a 500 year old Albanian commune known for the best Cannoli is Sicily.
As a treat, I will cook a farewell wine pairing dinner for you in Palermo.
All Guests must be 18 or older
Meals are included.
Ground transport and accommodations are inlcuded
There will be a fair amount of walking involved.
All fights are your responsibilty. Please consult with Ric if needed. .
For our Final itinerary and pricing.
contact Laura Massoni at see italy travel.