Wine tasting in Sicily? Visit the wineries and enjoy an extraordinary wine tourism experience

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Degustazione vini in Sicilia
Degustazione vini in Sicilia

Are you a wine taster? Looking for wineries to visit? Wishing to enjoy a wine-gastronomy tour in Sicily?
Discover winerytastingsicily.com and plan together your wine-gastronomy tour in Sicily.

Do you know the Sicily of wine?

We try to tell you and describe about it even though we know the right words cannot be found. It is useless to look for the best expressions to recount certain experiences. Unnecessary to use poetic tone to hint at certain emotions.

COME TO SICILY AND DISCOVER WHAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL

To be there, you need to be in Sicily!

Have you ever been in Sicily?

Divided into six free municipal consortia (Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Enna, Ragusa, Siracusa, Trapani) and three metropolitan cities (Palermo, Catania, Messina), Sicily is beautiful in its entirety.

The landscape is among the most interesting for its richness and variety. The coastline called “Litorale dei Ciclopi” and the snow-capped Volcano Etna; the yellow expanses of wheat fields and the gardens of the Mediterranean scrub; the lava rocks and the blooming citrus groves; the intense blue of the sea and the stunning colours of the sunset are the main subjects of a wonderful picture called Sicily.

The island is loved by worldwide tourists who appreciate Taormina, Marzamemi, Cefalù, Erice, Noto, Etna, Aeolian and Egadi Islands, Pantelleria, Lampedusa and Ustica together with less touristic realities but equally beautiful landscapes and culturally interesting.

Vineyards are the frame of the picture. They further embelish the beauties of the island. Sicilian vineyards are worth a visit.

Wherever you are in Sicily, look for the nearest winery and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience. The portal will be a valid help for your tour planning.

Have you ever walked through a Sicilian vineyard? Experienced a winery tasting or a wine tasting tour?

Do not miss the opportunity to experience a wine tasting in the winery. It will be an educational experience.

Sicily is an ‘oenological continent’ both for the richness and variety of its vines and for the quality of its production. Sicily will amaze you with the beauty of its vineyards, the history of its local indigenous grape varieties, and the care taken over wine tastings in the winery.

VISITING A SICILIAN VINEYARD IS ALWAYS A MAGNIFICENT EXPERIENCE

Walks through the rows of vines, stories from the producers and the embrace of nature reinvigorate body and soul.

Experiencing a wine tasting tour is always exciting.

You just have to decide when and where to set up your wine tasting tour.

What time of year to enjoy the winery tasting experience?

All seasons in Sicily make perfect wine tasting in the cellar, enriching it with emotions. You can appreciate the nectar of the gods in the summertime, along with the sunny vibrancy of the island. You can marvel at the foliage during a visit to the winery in autumn and appreciate a meditative wine-tasting in the mild, silent winter. Enjoy a colourful and lively visit to the winery in the spring, full of scents and colours.

All different experiences, all to be enjoyed!

Where would you like to go?

Sicily has the largest Sicilian vineyard in Italy and also the most organic vineyards. The key words of the Sicilian wine system are sustainability and respect for the environment.

Choosing where to go is no easy task. Sicily can be divided into different and interesting areas from a geographical and wine-growing point of view,

Let yourself be guided by the wine you wish to taste.

You may have already enjoyed it and want to visit the winery that produces it, or you may have heard about it and are just curious. Knowing the specific vocation of the land, the work in the vineyards and in the winery will make your experience immensely rewarding.

Would you like to take a tour in the Sicily of wine among territories, vines and wines?

To help you, we simulate a quick tour of the island together. You will be our tireless and curious wine taster.

Starting from Catania, you will certainly know the east of the island. This area is world-famous because it is overlooked by Europe’s most imposing land volcano: Mount Etna. Let’s get to imagining, in this part of Sicily you will enjoy the view of the beautiful vines, also pre-phylloxera, growing in high terraces, up to 1100 metres, with characteristic dry stone walls. Among the most famous autochthonous vines, you will find the Carricante, whose grapes produce Etna Bianco DOC, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, which make Etna Rosso DOC. You can spend the night in the wine relais at the foot of the volcano and get ready for the tour in the Messina area.  Dear wine taster, in Messina you will have the opportunity to appreciate the wine loved by Julius Caesar and taste the Mamertino Rosso DOC, made with both the Nero d’Avola and the prized Nocera grapes, as well as the Mamertino DOC white, made with Ansonica and Grillo or Inzolia and Grillo grapes.

To fully experience all the wonders of this north-eastern area of Sicily, we also recommend a ferry trip to the Aeolian Islands. Where you will surely be enchanted by the dry or sweet Malvasia. This latter is the traditional Lipari raisin and liqueur wine made from the homonymous aromatic vine and black Corinthian grapes.

Once back on the mother island, in the south-eastern part of Sicily, you will enjoy some typical Syracuse specialities such as Moscato (Passito, sparkling wine and liqueur wine) and the Eloro DOC vines (Frappato, Pignatello, Nero d’Avola and Pachino).

If you want to taste the more well-structured reds, made from Nero d’Avola and Frappato grapes, you should visit the wineries in the province of Ragusa, where Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Sicily’s only DOCG) and Rosso di Pachino are produced.

In the centre of the island, in the area of Enna, Caltanissetta and Agrigento, especially in the territories of Butera, Riesi, Mazzarino and Contessa Entellina, you will get to know the rich cultivation of autochthonous vines – Ansonica, Catarratto, Grecanico, Grillo and Nero d’Avola; together with Italian and international vines such as Fiano, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. While around Palermo, particularly in the areas of Partinico, Camporeale and Monreale, you will have the pleasure of tasting fine white wines (Grillo, Catarratto and Inzolia) and red wines (Perricone, Cabernet, Syrah, Nero d’Avola and Merlot). Finally, you will reach the area where more than half of the island’s grapes are grown: Trapani.

The rich production of grapes and the international success of the historic Marsala wine led to the establishment of the first large wineries in this part of western Sicily . These are now beautiful historic wineries that you should not miss. Dear tasting friend, to end on a high note, we suggest you spend the rest of your holiday on the beautiful islands of Favignana and Pantelleria. To enjoy the best sweet wines of Italy, such as the Pantelleria Zibibbo, and many other wonders of our land.

As you may have guessed, travelling around Sicily requires time to visit the many wineries. It is important find their way around simply and quickly.

How to do it? How to choose? The winerytastingsicily.com wine tourism portal will help you!

Winery Tasting Sicily provides a valuable aid. It is a wine tourism portal that includes tasting proposals from the various Sicilian wineries and makes it possible to filter the choice by geographical area or grape variety.

The portal’s blog also provides information on events such as Cantine Aperte, Calici di Stelle, and the numerous food and wine festivals held in Sicily.

It offers advice and support in organising private events in the winery, weddings in the vineyard or hen parties in the most beautiful locations.

On winerytastingsicily.com you can gift tasting vouchers. Just contact the winery of your choice and fill in the form.

Overnight stays in wine relais can be booked for entire weekends of visits and tastings in the winery, in surroundings rich in history and charm, such as Sicilian palmenti.

The open wineries are waiting for you to organise romantic wine tastings for two, as well as technical tastings such as a wine vertical.

The Sicilian wineries are waiting for you. They will welcome you with the utmost care. They will delight you with an experience you will carry in your heart forever, along with good Sicilian wine.

If you cannot wait to visit the vineyards of our splendid island, take a look at the wineries that are members of the WineryTastingSicily.com portal and organise your trip.

Already in Sicily? Looking for Open Wineries?

Find out which wineries are present in the area where you are and book your favourite tasting.

Would you like to taste Sicilian wines? Are you one of the passionate wine tasters?

The best Sicilian wines? We tasted several of them on our winery visits.

Do you know the sweet Sicilian meditation wine such as Passito di Pantelleria or Malvasia delle Lipari?

Do you appreciate Sicilian sparkling wine? Are you more for a Charmat method or a Classic Method?

The most important wine tourism destinations in Sicily are Marsala and Etna. Wine and wineries have a long and rich history in these suitable areas.

Would you like to discover wine tastings in the Marsala area? Click on Marsala wine tasting.

Would you like to discover wine tastings in the Etna area? Click on Etna wine tasting.

Need a map of Sicily with wineries?

In our wine tourism portal you will find a map of Sicily.

The map of Sicily, showing the Sicilian wineries in the territory of our island, is a valuable aid to help you choose the place to visit.

Winery Tasting Sicily talks about wine tourism in Sicily also on social media

Do you know what the most used hashtag on Instagram is for wine? 

#sicilianwine while ours is #winerytastingsicily and you can find us on Instagram at the channel: @winerytastingsicily and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Winerytastingsicily

Curiosities about wine tasting in Sicily? Let us try to answer you.

How much does a wine tasting in Sicily cost?

A guided tour with tasting usually costs between 15 and 50€. In the portal, you will find the different proposals of the wineries with price list.

How to taste wine?

There is a precise ritual to grasp the peculiarities of wine and appreciate it. 1) Look at it carefully to admire its colour, clarity, nuances and refraction of light. 2) Bring it close to your nose, inhale slowly and deeply, and start to smell the aromas. Swirl the wine gently in the glass and bring it back to the nose. 3) Take a sip on the palate to discover the bouquet. Proceed with a second tasting to get to know the structure, freshness, persistence, saltiness or sweetness of the wine. Live the tasting experience in a personal and full way, letting yourself be guided by your senses, memories and emotions.

Wine tasting in Sicily? Visit wineries and enjoy an extraordinary wine tourism experience
Wine tasting in Sicily? Visit wineries and enjoy an extraordinary wine tourism experience

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