As we now know, it was Vincenzo Florio who had the honour of becoming the first true Italian producer of Marsala wine in Sicily. Occupying an idyllic spot overlooking the magnificent Mediterranean Sea, the Florio Winery is a testament to Florio’s success and remains open for business to this day. It is of course famous for its high-quality Marsala, as well as a great selection of fortified and sweet sparkling wines – wine enthusiasts are truly spoilt for choice.
For the astoundingly reasonable sum of 13 Euros, visitors are treated to a fascinating tour through the building’s impressive cellars, which not only covers the heritage of the winery but also teaches you a thing or two about the history of Sicily. Of course, even if Sicilian history isn’t quite your bag, the wine tasting at the end should hold your attention!
For a more modern perspective on the world of wine, Caruso e Minini is well worth a visit. Well, I say modern … whilst the winery itself has existed for less than two decades, the land it occupies, as well as the stunning baglio (essentially a walled country estate) has been cultivated by the Caruso family since the end of the nineteenth century. Partners Stefano Caruso and Mario Minini launched the winery as we know it today in 2002 and their products can now be found in over 30 countries around the world.
It’s a gorgeous setting, with every phase of the winemaking process taking place within the main courtyard of the baglio. There’s a whole host of tours and tastings to choose from and plenty of options to combine Caruso e Minini’s wonderful wines with a delectable selection of local produce – we’d highly recommend the Ciavuro ri Sicilia, a tour and tasting of five wines which are matched with everything from local cheese and olives to tagliancozzi, a traditional local almond biscuit.