Marsala and the Vineyards of Western Sicily

Marsala and the vineyards of Western Sicily: an enchanting wine break

Western Sicily is the geological and historical bridge between Europe and Africa, the melting pot of Sicilian and North African cultures. In the province of Trapani, with more acres planted to vine than any other province in Italy,  some of the best Sicilian wines are produced using autochthonousgrape varieties such as pignatello, grillo or catarratto that ripen exposed to the warm breezes blowing from Sahara.

This exotic tour will take you to visit selected wineries and try their exceptional DOC Marsala (1st Italian DOC) and the native red and white wines of Western Sicily. You will walk among Greek temples, cook cuscus, traditional dish for special days in the province of Trapani and enjoy the friendly and relaxing hospitality of a “baglio”, a charming rural accommodation and excellent winery with an impressive collection of old Marsala “perpetuo” wines.

 

 

 

Tour Details

  • Dates: March, April, May, June and September, October
  • Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
  • Size: Min 8 Pax – Max 18 Pax

Some of the highlights of this tour:

Visits and tastings at four wineries
Walk through the medieval town in Erice
Guided tour of the Selinunte archaeological park
Aperitivo at the sunset on the saltpans in Marsala
Cous cous experience
Exclusive perpetuo wine tasting in Marsala
special pizza expereince in Trapani

Day 1

Meeting with the participants at the airport of Palermo Punta Raisi or Trapani Birgi and transfer by minibus to the “baglio”. After check in there will be time to discuss the programme, wander around the vineyards, swim in the hotel pool with a breathe-taking view of  the Stagnone islands near Marsala or indulge with a glass of Donna Franca wine before enjoying the first traditional Sicilian dinner. Giacomo Ansaldi, the owner of the estate is an oenologist with a great passion for native grapes and the history of Marsala wines and he will offer you the privilege of a visit to his special and exclusive cellar of “perpetuo” wines, collected to save the memory of the old traditions.

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Day 2

Just after breakfast, you will visit the farm and put your hands into the durum wheat flour to prepare the traditional cuscus, typical dish for all special days in Trapani area, strong connection with the Southern coasts of the Mediterranean.

After lunch, we will move to cantina De Bartoli, a small and charming winery in the territory of Marsala: their Marsala DOC wines, wisely aged following the soleras method, are probably the best examples of this style and beside them you will also be able to try their excellent white, red and sparkling wines.

Before going back to dinner in your “Baglio”, we will stop for a walk and an aperitivo at the salt pans of Marsala, where you can see active windmills and understand more about the sea salt production.

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Day 3

A wine tour of Marsala is not complete without paying a visit to one of the huge cellars that, from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20thcentury, have made Marsala wines famous all around the world. We will visit the astonishing cellars of the Florio wineries where more than 5 million litres of Marsala wine age in gigantic barrels. We will then move to the elegant city centre of Marsala, visit the fish market and grab some local street food from some of the many little food shops and bars situated in the lively cobbled stone streets.

Erice, nested on its 717 metres high mount, with its medieval streets, monasteries, churches and traditional confectioneries is the second stop of our journey across the province of Trapani. You will have time to stroll around, try the renowned local cakes and enjoy the beautiful views of the city of Trapani,the salt pans landscape and the Aegadian Islands.

An informal and surprisingly good pizza in Trapani will close this very long day.

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Day 4

On this forth day you will discover two iconic monuments of Sicily: the archaeological site of Selinunte and the Planeta winery!

Planeta is a benchmark of the Sicilian oenology and we will visit one of their six wineries: the fascinating Ulmo winery near Sambuca di Sicilia.  Each winery is strongly tight to the territory and produces different wines. In Ulmo, during a light lunch you will be able to try the wines produced in that area but also other DOC wines from other different Planeta estates (Etna, Noto etc).

The second monumental experience is the archaeological park of Selinunte: here with a licensed guide you will visit the temples and the ruins of the ancient Greek city and enjoy the breathe-taking view of the blue Sicilian Channel.

Back to the Baglio Donna Franca there will be still time for a short swim in the pool before another good dinner with Western Sicilian specialities.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we will say goodbye and we will transfer you to the airport for your departure.

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Price per person: on request

Tour Inclusions:

Five days, four nights tour fully escorted by Paesaggio Sicilia staff member

Accommodation in double room with breakfast (please ask for single room fee)

All meals including water and wine specifically mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

All the activities included in the itinerary

Four winery visits and wine tastings as indicated in the itinerary

One cooking class

Guided tour of Selinunte archaeological park

Transfers to and from Trapani or Palermo airport

Transports in mini bus or van for all transfers and activities

Medical and baggage assistance

The fee does not include:

Airfares

General expenses – phone calls, laundry, room upgrades

Transfers outside of the tour dates, personal transport, excess baggage, security and government taxes, visa, travel and medical insurance

Meals not specifically mentioned in itinerary 

Hotel

Baglio Donna Franca – Relais and Boutique Winery ****

 

If you want to have more information about this tour or if you have any special request or if you are interested in booking a place for the tour please contact us by email at info@paesaggiosicilia.com or by phone calling the number +39 347 7857691

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