Volcanic wines: Sicily, focusing on Etna | Wine Tour

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Sicily is the Mediterranean’s biggest island. Wine is grown all around the island. Most wineries are near the coast, but for example the well-known Tenuta Regaleali is in the centre of the island, in a dramatic, mountainous landscape. Etna, which is the focus of one of our Sicily wine tours, is located in the east. A little further south along the east coast is the city of Syracuse and not far away is Ragusa, famous not only for its wine but also for its fine tomatoes growing in the pink soil. Here they grow one of Sicily’s emblematic grapes, nero d’avola.

West on the island they make the famous sweet marsala wine. The vineyards are around the small port town of the same name. Outside Menfi in the southwestern part of the island we find Planeta, Sicily’s most famous wine family. They make wine everywhere on the island, including on Etna. Etna has a fantastic terroir, says the Planeta family. Their Etna Rosso 100% nerello mascalese and Etna Bianco 100% carricante is proof enough.

A wine tour to Sicily can focus on Etna, but can also have a broader scope as this sample program for a wine tour to Sicily shows.

The landscape on Etna and Sicily is wild and vast
The landscape on Etna and Sicily is wild and vast, copyright BKWine Photography
Ripe nerello mascalese grapes ready for harvest in a vineyard on Etna, Sicily
Ripe nerello mascalese grapes ready for harvest in a vineyard on Etna, Sicily, copyright BKWine Photography
Side-walk cafe, Catania, Sicily
Side-walk cafe, Catania, Sicily, copyright BKWine Photography

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