Escape to Sicily and be seduced by a landscape rich in abundance of natural wonders, history and culture, all compressed into a small triangle of land in the Mediterranean Sea. The largest viticultural area in Italy, Sicily provides around 30 percent of the country’s total wine production. Sicily has a great tradition of wine with the first trace of vine growing recorded on coins 800 B.C. by Greek colonizers. Some of these wines were praised with songs of antiquity and Winerists will certainly be full of praise after tasting the wide range of Sicilian varieties. Travellers wishing to taste all the different wines would need to spend months on the island trailing its wine roads, but here we will...
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Escape to Sicily and be seduced by a landscape rich in abundance of natural wonders, history and culture, all compressed into a small triangle of land in the Mediterranean Sea.

The largest viticultural area in Italy, Sicily provides around 30 percent of the country’s total wine production. Sicily has a great tradition of wine with the first trace of vine growing recorded on coins 800 B.C. by Greek colonizers. Some of these wines were praised with songs of antiquity and Winerists will certainly be full of praise after tasting the wide range of Sicilian varieties. Travellers wishing to taste all the different wines would need to spend months on the island trailing its wine roads, but here we will help you discover the best wine regions Sicily has to offer.

There are 12 "Wine Roads" that cover most of the island, each being a peculiar expression of the culture, tradition and the grape varieties of that specific region.

Sicily has always been a microcosm, a composite world in which people of different races, religions and languages have clashed and come together in different periods of its history, so there is plenty to learn and appreciate during your wine holiday.

WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?

Thanks to its mild climate, you can visit Sicily all year round, although the very best periods are April-June and September-October. During the summer it can get very hot so plan your wine experience to coincide with the climate you most prefer. The harvest time varies according to altitude, so it may start during mid-August in those estates located along the coastline and extend to late October in estates located in mountains. We would suggest a minimum stay of 4 days but ideally one week or longer if you would like to extend your wine trip into a beach getaway.

WHERE TO GO?

  • Located on the Eastern side of the island, Mount Etna is definitely one of the most exciting wine destinations worldwide. As written by Megan Krigbaum in Food and Wine “Volcanic eruptions, wildly unpredictable weather, steep slopes: Mount Etna is an insane place to produce wine. But its winemakers have an intensity to match its extremes.” 
  • From here you can also visit the Baroque style city of Catania, the second largest in Sicily and get amongst the bustle of the lively historical fish market. If that’s not quite your style head to medieval Taormina, the pearl of Sicily, with its stunning Greek Theatre and idyllic views of the island.
  • Syracuse boasts its splendid ancient Neapolis and the Baroque style historical centre but to view a natural wonder, head for the Alcantara Gorges, a basaltic lava canyon where the cold waters flow into the river. Walk or swim throught the waters seperating the volcanic rock cliff faces split apart by the force of the volcano years ago. This truly is an incredible and beautiful way to take in the Sicilian landscape. 
  • Other famous wine areas in the region include the Trapani region that produces famous local wines such as Marsala, Bianco d’Alcamo and Inzolia, while in the Ragusa region that lies on the South-West of the island you will find a selection of Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria. For a spiritual wine experience head no further than the Aeolian islands for the aptly named Malvasia delle Lipari, meaning "wine of the Gods".

DON'T MISS!

  • Mt Etna: Climb up to 2,900t by cable car and off road buses, close to the central crater (from May to November, weather condition permitting) or awaken your adventurous side with an off the beaten track 4 x 4 experience on Mt Etna.
  • Milo: Visit the most famous Sicilian wine festival at the end of September in the tiny village of Milo, also located on Mount Etna.
  • Cooking class: Test your own culinary skills in a hands-on cooking class with famous local chefs in the Mt Etna and Taormina areas.

 

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