Italy should be devoured! Visit the finest Sicily's wineries. Taste, talk and indulge in the tantalizing flavors of different Italian wines. Experience all the rich flavors of regional Italian cuisine. All with medieval towns at your fingertips. Slow down, smell the grass, smell the food, smell the wine, see the land, touch history and devour it all. Treat yourself. You deserve it!
Group arrival at Catania airport. You will be met by your driver for private transfer to Tenute Chiuse del Signore, a winery on a hilltop at 550 meters above the sea level, in the town of Linguaglossa on Mount Etna, which is the highest active volcano in Europe. The grapes grown here are the product of both the older vineyards and more recent replanted vineyards. Some examples of the grapes are Nerello Mascalese, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, etc. You will experience your first guided tour of a Sicilian vineyard along with wine tasting, accompanied by a buffet lunch.
After lunch you will proceed for Syracuse. Check - in at your 4-star hotel.
You will then be accompanied for a guided tour of Ortigia, the historical centre that witnesses centuries of dominion of the city by the Byzantines, Bourbons, Arabs and the Normans. Fine examples are the Cathedral and Apollos Temple.
Free for dinner with choices among several typical Sicilian restaurants in Ortigia.
After breakfast, depart for the Pupillo Winery. The Pupillo Farm, established in 1908, occupies a large part of those lands known as Targia Feud, renowned for its King Frederick IIs castle and for the fertile soil which infuses delicate flavors and perfumes to the grapes. The winery is located inside the wonderful setting of Solacium, a summer residence of King Frederick II, which includes King Fredericks II castle, the ancient millstone room and the historical garden. The tasting is accompanied by lunch with local products.
After lunch you will then proceed for a visit of the town of Noto, the capital of Baroque and one of the UNESCO heritage sites. Fine examples are the Cathedral and Palazzo Nicolaci.
In the afternoon depart for the Planeta Winery Buonivini. Planeta is a leading winemaker and has a strong presence in Sicily with 370 hectares of own vineyards and has five wineries located in different areas of the region. You will visit Buonivini in Noto that is characterized by an eco-friendly atmosphere. The visit of the vineyards is followed by a dinner including a tasting of 4 wines. After dinner return to Syracuse.
After breakfast, depart for the Cos Winery. The estate has decided to adopt the principles of biodynamic culture. Cos stores the wine in amphoras, clay jars that were used by the ancient Greeks. Their love of the region and its singular terroir produces some of the finest wines, such as Pithos Bianco with the local Grecanico grape and Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
Visit at the winery, wine tasting and full lunch.
After lunch visit of Ragusa Ibla, capital of baroque and one of the UNESCO heritage sites, to admire picturesque lanes and narrow streets. Tour of Ragusa Ibla, one of the three Spanish towns completely rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
You will then proceed for the Gulfi Winery to visit your second winery. The land of these vineyards are ideal for the cultivation of Nero dAvola, with the alberello (small vine trees) that is the only form of vines allowed in extreme climates. Culture and hard work Naturalness distinguishes their wines, which are the fruit of traditional and bioorganic winegrowing. Visit of the vineyards, followed by wine tasting and dinner.
Return to Syracuse.
After breakfast, check out and depart from your hotel for the Gambino Vini winery. It is on the eastern side of Etna, immersed in the woods and facing Taormina. You finally reach the Gambino vineyards at 800 meters above sea level. These vineyards lay on a sunny and airy terracing that grants a breathtaking panorama. The unique climate and the soil conditions determine the typicality of the Etna grapes and wine. Visit of the vineyards accompanied by typical delicacies of the region.
After lunch depart for the airport.
The vacation will take place in few different parts of Sicily, which are Syracuse, Noto, Vittoria, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa Ibla, Gambino Vini, and Catania.
Have a taste of regional Italian food and delicacies.