This excursion made a brilliant combination of seeing some essentials of the Etna volcano while allowing for an eye opener towards the beautiful Etna wines in this amazing landscape. We learned a lot of new things about Mount Etna and Sicily on the whole! I recommend this experience to everyone - it was stunning!
This is an exclusive full-day wine tour focusing on the wineries on and surrounding Mount Etna. Etna is one of the world's most active volcanoes, more or less constantly erupting. Currently about 3,330 meters, or about 10,940 feet tall (the height is variable depending on volcanic eruptions), it's about 2.5 times as tall as Vesuvius. The terrain surrounding Mt. Etna is immensely fertile, and supports a thriving agriculture of orchards and vineyards. A National Park offers magnificent walks around the base, and also for intrepid hikers, rather strenuous treks. Villages all around offer very good traditional Italian eating and drinking. The constantly active volcanic giant is an awesome sight, especially at night during major eruptions.
Your friendly English-speaking private chauffeur will meet you in the morning at your accommodations taking you to two of the region's top-rated local wineries on your private full-day wine tour of the Etna region. The presence of historic viticulture is evident from the ancient, narrow stone terraces present around the mountain. It's only been in recent history that the heavily mineral-influenced wines grown on Etna's slopes have begun a period of renaissance, and many of these densely-planted old terraces are being rehabilitated. 500,000 years of volcanic eruptions have created endless soil variation in neighboring plots of land, many of them very extreme.
Most significantly, the extraordinarily high elevation yields dramatic temperature variations between night and day, making the wines of Etna elegant and unique, devoid of the heat and overripe flavors found in other southern Italian wines. You'll experience all these flavors and characteristics in the delicious red and white wines you'll taste on this exclusive wine tour exploring the Mount Etna wine-making region. If you're looking for something unusual to include during your vacation in Sicily, this is the perfect tour for your needs.
In addition to visiting and wine-tasting at two outstanding wineries, your full-day wine tour will include ample time to enjoy a terrific lunch in a traditional restaurant around Mount Etna. Depending on your accommodations, you may also fit in a visit to Bronte. This is the only pistachio-growing area in Italy, and is immense in size. Most of Europe's pistachios were grown here. Needless to say, delightful pistachio delicacies abound at every corner.
SPECIAL NOTE: We strive to ensure private visits at the wineries. In particularly busy times of the year, or in certain wineries this may not always be possible. If you would like guaranteed private visits, please get in touch for a customized quote.