Etna Wineries Tour from Taormina

A day trip to discover Castiglione di Sicilia and the unique taste of Etna Wine

Etna Wineries Tour from Taormina

 

Departure

Our Etna Wineries Tour will start at about 9.00 AM. We will pick you up outside/nearby your accommodation in Taormina or in its close vicinity. Depending on the accommodation’s location, we will organize a convenient meeting point. Each of our vehicles can accommodate up to 8 participants.

 

First stop: Visit of the medieval village of Castiglione di Sicilia

It takes about one hour to get to Castiglione di Sicilia, framed in the beautiful valley of the Alcantara. This village, strategically located on a hill northwards of Etna, ranks among Italy’s most beautiful Borghi. During the free visit of the city, you will see the Castelluccio, an ancient Byzantine castle; then, “ U Cannizzu” tower and the classic cobblestone alleys. You will also admire several old churches, which are typical of these medieval villages. Finally, a must-see: the view from the Belvedere, which opens to a magnificent panorama of the Alcantara and its basaltic rocks.

 

Second stop: visit and tasting at the first winery

After visiting Castiglione di Sicilia, you will get to the first of the Etna wineries of the itinerary at about 11.00/11.30 AM; there, you will taste some locally-produced Etna wines paired an aperitif based on local products. Then, you will have the chance to walk along the vineyards and see first-hand the methods of cultivation, and you will learn about the art of winemaking.

 

Third stop: visit, lunch and tasting at the second winery 

At lunchtime (about 1/.1.30 PM), you will stop for about 2 hours at the second winery;  you will taste more DOP Etnean wines, paired with a complete lunch based on traditional products. In there, you will have the possibility of walking in the winery, looking at the barrels where the wine you have just tasted is stored, and learn more about its production.

 

Return

Finally, at the end of the Etna Wineries Tour, at around 4.30 PM, the guide will drop you off at the starting point.

Important Information

Recommended equipment

Comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water bottle.

Itinerary variation

The itinerary might be subjected to variations due to factors such as weather conditions and/or if deemed necessary.

Included in the price

  • English-speaking driver;
  • Pick-up in minibus from Taormina;
  • Wine-tasting in two wineries;
  • Lunch;
  • Insurance

Not included in the price

  • Any extra costs not mentioned in the list above.

Suitable for

Anyone - Please note that alcoholic beverages cannot be served to minors (under-18s) .

Castiglione di Sicilia and the Wine Route of Etna

Awarded as one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, Castiglione di Sicilia is set between the wonderful Alcantara Valley and the Parco dell’Etna. The history of the village actually traces the history of Sicily: Greek refugees of Naxos founded it in 496 BC, the troops of Dionysius I, tyrant of Syracuse then destroyed the village and several other people dominated it over the years; in fact, the town shows to this day the signs of its historical past, from the ruins of a Greek acropolis, to a small Byzantine rustic temple, to the Saracen tower and the Norman castle. Castiglione is also famous for its being “the Town of Wine” – the Etna DOC is actually produced here –  which makes it a must-see of the Wine Route of Etna. 

The Wine Route of Etna is a virtual trail that involves local wine producers and wineries of the Etna region; it promotes the excellence of the area in terms of natural beauty and unique agricultural productions, which only the volcanic soil can generate. Its departure point is in Riposto, Port of Etna, and touches many other cities and villages set between the hills and the valleys of the area; those include Zafferana Etnea, Milo, Sant’Alfio, Piedimonte Etneo, Linguaglossa, and Castiglione di Sicilia. The countryside, the ancient mansions and the rich vineyards set the background of this journey in the history of both Sicily and the art of winemaking.

 

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