Sicily Wine Safari June 2018
We have just returned from another Sicily Wine Safari. An exciting, fun-packed, relaxing, yet educational discovery of Sicily, on another of our amazing tours
7 days, 6 nights starting in Palermo in the North of Sicily, visiting vineyards and places of interest in this amazing area, then onto Ragusa in the South, with all its natural beauty and countryside and finally venturing to Mount Etna and the Catania region of Eastern Sicily.
If you like the idea, then why not just us on one of our future tours, but book early, as we limit the wine tours to a maximum of 7 places to keep a friendly and personal touch, which we believe is the best way to tour these incredible wine regions.
After being met at Palermo airport, all our guests were taken in air conditioned luxury to Musa Sea Lodge; a delightful 4 star villa overlooking the stunning Gulf of Castellammare; a wonderful back drop and sunset followed, whilst enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and relaxing to gather thoughts of the coming wine tour.
Then onto two wine tours around two of our wineries in the Palermo region that we import wines into the UK from.
This mornings gentle start took us to Tonnino winery, apricot picking, then a fabulous cookery course, presented by our hosts at the villa (also the owners birthday, so he joined in!) of homemade pasta with seafood and fresh, king prawn skewers in a garlic and white wine sauce, which, after it was prepared and cooked by our enthusiastic team, was eagerly eaten by us all, during which was to be the best sunset of the week!
On such a lovely, sunny day, a leisurely stroll around the wonderfully historic Palermo city centre was welcomed, including a fabulous lunch at one of Palermo’s famous ‘street Food’ Restaurants.
We then left the West behind and travelled East for the second part of the wine safari to the beautiful, green, country area of Ragusa and Vittoria in the South of the Island.
A short drive from our hotel brings us to Montabano’s mafia hideout Castello di Donnafugata, then a fabulous presentation by Francesca and Achille, winemaker at Terre di Giurfo, then onto chocolate making and tasting in Modica courtesy of the highly talented and dashing George, the chocolatier.
We made a quick visit to Casa di Montalbano, the famous detectives house, enjoying a leisurely coffee at the cafe bar opposite, then onto a delightful wine tour of Maggio Vini and their ancient oil and wine press villa, tasting of Vigna di Pettineo’s wines, then a tasting over dinner by a guest local producer. The food at the hotel Licitra is notably of excellent quality!
Our last day in Sicily and the third soil type to discover are those of Mount Etna region with a full tour, lunch and Wine Tasting at Al-Cantara.
A truly wonderful experience, with divine wines tasted in their purpose built ‘tasting room’ and a tour of their ‘wine and art’ museum.
Why not join us on our next wine-packed ‘Sicily Wine Safari‘ and enjoy the Italian life for yourself and ‘live like an Italian’ for a week, with –
– 4 star accommodation
– all expenses paid in Sicily
– fine wine tastings with our winemakers
– fantastic, local, fresh cuisine
– cantina tours
– relaxing by the pool
– stunning scenery
– making lifelong memories