Join Jenny on this 8 day tour around the island of Sicily in conjunction with Iberian Wine Tours.
Sicily is a delightful island set in the sparkling seas of the Mediterranean, as famous for its food as for its diverse cultural legacy that spans the ancient Greeks to the Spanish.
Autumn is the perfect time of the year to see the island in all it’s glory. Along with fantastic wine visits we also get to taste home made food, eat in a Michelin star restaurant as well as enjoying some spectacular cultural highlights. Undoubtedly this trip to Sicily is bound to exhilarate the senses of any food and wine lover.
Firriato Baglio Soria, Pellegrino, Donnafugata, Planeta, Arianna Occhipinti, Benanti, Romeo del Castello, La Gelsomina
Welcome reception at Quinto Canto hotel followed by dinner in Palermo at the 1 star Michelin restaurant, Bye Bye Blues.
Enjoy a city and market walking tour in Palermo to gain an insight into the colours and flavours of Sicilian cuisine. Tasting, visit and lunch at Firriato Baglio Soria with the Di Gaetano family, pioneers of native Sicilian grape varietals. Afterwards we arrive in Erice and settle into our rooms at the Hotel Elimo, a very elegant hotel in the old town within the city walls. Dine in Erice at the typical and very tasty La Pentolaccia restaurant, a good place to try local specialties like the local sardine and fennel pasta.
After breakfast we travel out across the salt flats to the Marsala region at the legendary Pellegrino winery. Cantine Pellegrino is a longstanding local producer of fine still and fortified wines, where we get the chance to tour the winery and see the process used to make Marsala wines. Travel the short distance to Donnafugata where we enjoy a guided tour of the historic winery and cellars and then enjoy a tasting of some of the iconic wines of Donnafugata, before we adjourn for a Sicilian lunch accompanied with wines of the property. Return to
Erice via the port town of Trapani for an afternoon stroll and maybe gelato.
We enjoy visit, tasting and lunch at the top class Planeta family winery. For 5 centuries and 17 generations the Planeta family have dedicated themselves to the land and produce wine and olive oil in 5 different Sicilian territories. Afternoon visit to the largest archaeological site in the world, at Valley of the Temples which is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greek architecture. The Relais Chiaramonte Hotel outside Ragusa is our base for the next 2 nights. Dinner in the hotel.
Visit and tasting at Arianna Occhipinti in Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily ́s only DOCG. Traditional Sicilian family lunch at Baglio Occhipinti. Afternoon chocolate tasting in Dolceria Bonajuto which was established in 1880 in the centre of the wonderful baroque city of Modica. It is famous for its ́ “Cioccolato di Modica” made from an ancient Aztec recipe. Free evening at the Relais.
Visit and lunch at historic wine producers Benanti on the fertile volcanic slopes of Mount Etna. Drive up the fertile slopes of Etna to the Silvestri crater to enjoy the commanding view of the straits of Messina and on a clear day you can see the Italian mainland. The Grand Hotel Miramare in Taormina is our base for the next 2 nights. A delightful hill top town on the East coast of Sicily, Taormina is famous for its Greco-Roman theatre. Dinner at the hotel.
Visit and Tasting at Fattoria Romeo del Castello which was affected badly by the 1981 Etna eruption. Visit tasting and lunch La Gelsomina Amphitheatre of Vines with the dramatically stunning backdrop of Etna. Dinner Villa Antonio back in Taormina.
Day 8 After breakfast depart Taormina to Catania Airport and end of tour or extension to Malta.