From West to East – Sicily Wine Tour

This wonderful itinerary wants to offer a panoramic but not obvious experience of the historical, oenological, culinary and cultural heritage of Sicily.

The meetings with wine makers, sommeliers and oenologists, the visits to excellent family run wineries and the different wine tastings will be introductory to a larger experience of the Sicilian agriculture and culture!

While visiting wineries and vineyards in the famous Marsala and Etna DOC areas, our guests will have the opportunity to discover the complicate and millennial long culture of this country, the dramatic variety of landscapes and the many differences between western and eastern Sicily.

The accommodations chosen for this tour are boutique rural properties where hospitality goes hand in hand with the respect for the territory and the love for local culinary.

The Greek temple of Segesta, the city centres of Taormina, Erice and Trapani and the beautiful UNESCO monuments of Palermo will be the frame of this uncommon Sicilian tour.

  • Dates : 29th September- 6th October 2019
  • Group size: Max 14
  • Price per person in double room: 2300 €
  • Single room supplement: 300€
  • Languages spoken:  English
  • Accommodation: 4* Hotel in the centre of Palermo
  • Meeting point: Palermo, city centre

Day 1

Day 1 -29th September

Meeting in Palermo city centre

Welcome drink

Dinner in a traditional Palermitan trattoria.

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Day 2

Day 2 – 30th September

Private transfer from Palermo airport to Marsala

Check in at Baglio Donna Franca 4*

Dinner and wine tasting at a boutique rural hotel

It is a beautiful boutique winery and resort in the countryside just out of Marsala. The owner is an oenologist and one of those people who are making the history of Sicilian wine renaissance in these days. The whole chapter 4 in MW Bill Nesto’s excellent book “The world of Sicilian wine” talks about him and his winery.

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Day 3

Day 3 – 1th October

Guided visit of the temple and theatre in Segesta

Visit and barbecue at a small organic winery awarded with the gold medal at the Concours International de Bruxelles 2016

Time to relax at the “baglio”

Stroll, aperitivo and finger food in Marsala.

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Day 4

Day 4 – 2nd October

In the morning time to relax at the hotel and cuscus cooking demonstration. You can active participate to learn from a local woman-cook the art of a perfect “ncucciata”. Guests are free to join the cooking class or relax at the pool.

Light lunch at the saltpans of Marsala

Wine tasting and visit at another beautiful wine cellar, that represents a milestone in the renaissance of Marsala wines.

Dinner with the morning class cuscus at the hotel.

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Day 5

Day 5 – 3rd October

Check out

Free visit and free lunch in Taormina. Participants will have the time to discover the town at their leisure.

In the afternoon check in at a beautiful charming and historical rural accommodation in the core of the Etna DOC wines area.

Time to visit the beautiful park of the hotel, drink an aperitivo under the Etna and dine with a cheese tasting at the gorgeous restaurant of the hotel.

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Day 6

Day 6 – 4th October

Full day visit of the Etna DOC wine region and wine tastings and lunch in two wineries in the North slope of Etna chosen for being the most representative area for Nerello Mascalese grapes (ETNA DOC)

Coffee in Randazzo

Dinner at the hotel

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Day 7

Day 7 – 5th October

After check out departure to Palermo

Check in at 4* Hotel

Free day in Palermo: tips and suggestions forehand to better organise your day.

In the evening, we will meet again for a farewell light dinner at the most important enoteca in Sicily, listed by Gambero Rosso among the best ten wine bars in Italy. Here, together with the excellent sommelier, we will do a very informal but substantial panoramic tasting of Sicilian best DOC wines including some of the small island wines.

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Day 8

Day 8 – 6th October

Check-out and departure