WINE CONVERSATIONS IN SICILY

WINE CONVERSATIONS IN SICILY 6 - 10 June 2018

Paesaggio Sicilia offers to all wine lovers the possibility to discover the fascinating and complex world of Sicilian wine during two informal lessons and tastings together with Vera, the sommelier of the most famous wine bar in Sicily and a visit to a beautiful organic winery in the Marsala area.

With her overwhelming knowledge and enthusiasm Vera will introduce you to a dynamic and innovative oenology that is enhancing tens of different varietal indigenous grapes and the huge climatic and geological differences to produce wines that go far beyond the twenty-two DOCs and one DOCG of the island.

Vera will tell you about the two most distinctive sectors of the Sicilian wine production: the excellent wines from different volcanic soils and the new trend of organic wines that is becoming a very distinctive aspect of the Sicilian oenology.

Organic farming and respect for the soil and territory are also the basic principles of the beautiful boutique winery Baglio Donna Franca. The owner, a creative and tireless oenologist, is defending the local wine traditions with the use of advanced technology. You will taste his wines while looking at the fantastic landscape of the coast of Marsala.

Traditional western Sicily food specialities, including the typical couscous, are an essential part of this fascinating wine and food experience. Salt pans, windmills, the UNESCO listed centre of Palermo and the amazing medieval rock of Erice will complete this unusual discovery of Sicilian wines.

  • Dates : 6th- 10th June 2018
  • Group size: Max 14
  • Price per person in double room: 725€
  • Single room supplement: 160€
  • Languages spoken: English, Italian with English translations
  • Accommodation: 4* Hotel in the centre of Palermo
  • Meeting point: Palermo, city centre

Highlights:

Sicilian organic wines lesson and tasting

Sicilian volcanic soil wines lesson and tasting

Visit to an organic boutique winery in Marsala

Visit of the salt pans in Marsala

Couscous in Marsala

Visit of Erice

Walks in the historical centre of Palermo

PROGRAMME

Day 1

7pm – after check in you will meet Gianluca and Chiara, owners of Paesaggio Sicilia tours, for an aperitivo together, a presentation of the programme and some tips for your dinners and free time in Palermo.

Day 2

10.30am – you will meet Gianluca at Piazza Garibaldi, in the centre of Palermo, to walk together to the Enoteca Picone. Here Vera, the sommelier, will introduce you to the world of Sicilian wines and will lead through the tasting of three organic wines issued from some of the most interesting and innovative wineries of the region. During the tastings a three course light lunch will be served pairing food to enhance the taste of each wine. (lesson and lunch last approx. two hours and a half)

Gianluca will give you suggestions to visit the beautiful city of Palermo with its UNESCO listed monuments.

Day 3

9.30am – meeting with Gianluca and walk to the famous street market Il Capo. Here you will experience the colours and the scents of a bursting Sicilian market.

Later you will head to Enoteca Picone for your second meeting with Vera. This day will be dedicated to the tasting of three wines produced on Mt. Etna and the volcanic island of Salina (Aeolian Islands). Lunch menu selected to be the perfect companion of your wine tasting (lesson and lunch last approx. two hours and a half)

Another free afternoon to continue your visit of Palermo

Day 4

9am – you will be picked up at your hotel for a full day excursion in the province of Trapani and Marsala.

Our first step will be the fascinating flat area of the windmills and salt pans of Marsala. Here you will have time to relax at the picturesque local bar and visit the windmill and the salt museum.

After this break we will reach the Baglio Donna Franca, a charming organic boutique winery where tradition and historical grapes such as pignatello, grillo or zibibbo go hand in hand with the most modern oenology following the principles of sustainable agriculture. You will visit the winery and the vineyards, learn about the “perpetual wine” and taste the wines paired with a traditional meal including the quintessential “cuscus trapanese”.

The day will continue with a stroll along the cobbled streets of the fascinating medieval centre of Erice with its breathe-taking views, beautiful medieval monuments and colourful and excellent confectionary products.

Return to Palermo at approx. 8pm

Day 5

Breakfast and check out

The price includes:

4 nights in double room in 4* hotel in Palermo

Wine and nibbles on day 1

Lesson, wine tasting and lunch on day 2 and 3

Winery visit, tasting and lunch on day 4

Private transfer during the excursion on day 4

City walks on day 2 and 4

 

The price does not include:

Meals not listed in the programme

Transfers to and from the airport

Travel and medical insurance

Entrances to museums, churches and other monuments

Contacts and Bookings

If you wish to have more information about this tour or you are interested in booking a place please contact us by email at gianluca@paesaggiosicilia.com or by phone calling Gianluca at +39 347 7857691

If you are a group of people and you want to customise your own tour, travel without our travel assistant or create a new tour according to your needs please contact us by email at gianluca@paesaggiosicilia.com or by phone calling the number +39 347 7857691