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Ancient Vines Of Mount Etna™

Exclusive Sicily Wine Tour ~ 1 Day

Walk in the shadow of Mount Etna and Monte Serra as you cross Sicily’s most important wine maker in Catania. The family-operated vineyard specializes in Sicilian wine since the late 1880’s. The wines are long-lived and are examples of the best in eastern Sicily wine region, thanks to their knowledge, passion, and respect for the place and terrior.

As you traverse through the rich Etna mountainside observe the diverse viticulture characteristics of the vineyards set on the northern, eastern and southern slopes of the volcano. The family is attentive to the complexities of climate and soil as contributors to expressing the real essence of indigenous grapes like Nerello Macales, Nerrello Cappuccio, Carricante, Minella, and Nero d’Avola.

The wines have boasted annual awards in the last 20 years in the most important national and international competitions. Most recently they earned 50th place on ‘Top 100 World Cellar Selection’ (part of Top Rated 100 World Wines) by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Along with top marks from wine critic Robert Parker and highly recommended in wine guides like Slow Food Wine and Gambero Rosso.

Our wine tour takes you right to the heart of the family’s winemaking operation, a business and passion that has been handed down from generation to generation. Today Giuseppe and sons, Antonio and Salvino run the company. Tradition and old family customs merge with modern winemaking technologies, which yield a perfect union of ancient flavors and new oenological techniques.

Together with your expert guide you will explore the secrets of what makes the vineyard one the greatest wines in Italy and abroad. You’ll be escorted through vineyard with vines over a century old. Tour continues to the palmento or ancient grape stone press dating back to the 1700s where the first grapes began their journey so long ago. Following the tour, step into the antique cellar with a private tasting of four exceptional wines including the award-winning Etna Rosso D.O.C. Nibble on a plethora of regional delicacies including, homemade breads, several local cheeses, salami, local olives, fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden, and sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil.  The tasting ends with their sweet wine paired with pasta reale, a traditional Sicilian almond paste sweet.

Our tour is a great Shore Excursion if you are stopping in Catania or Taormina on a cruise or staying in any of the nearby Etna areas and want to explore the volcano’s world-famous vineyards.

One-Day Wine Tour Includes:

  • Vineyard visit with informal discussion.  The tours are approximately 2 hours.
  • Tasting of 5 wines of the Estate with regional appetizers.
Program Prices

$160 per person. All taxes & Italian VAT included.

Tours are available Monday through Friday at 10am in the morning and 2pm in the afternoon. Other times may be arranged by request.

Please note: prices do not include transportation, accommodations or any other excursions. If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to reserve transfers for you. (Extra cost).

Check Availability

2019 Dates: Classes are available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week, as this program is offered 12 months per year. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.