Etna wine tour
Your wonderful day exploring the Etna wine region begins when you are picked up at your hotel or port of call and taken on a scenic drive through the beautiful Sicilian countryside comfortably seated in a luxury vehicle with your friendly driver.
We have meticulously selected the most intimate and exclusive winery estates for this private chauffeured wine tour, during which you'll learn about a wine many consider to be the most exciting discovery of recent times.
During the tour of the first wine estate you will learn about the organoleptic characteristics and the ancient growing techniques of the native grape varieties traditionally cultivated on the slopes of Etna, between 350 and 1100 meters above sea level. Once understood all the variables that play a key role in the production of such unique whites and reds, such as climate, soil, pronounced shifts between day and night temperatures, your wine tasting accompanied by local specialties will begin.
Your Etna wine tour continues with a visit of another exceptional boutique winery with stunning views over Taormina and the Ionian sea. Here, the tasting of more elegant, bone-dry wines that showcase freshness, subtle aromatics and minerality will be hosted by the owner who will also tell you about the family's philosophy and all the traditions that have been handed down for generations.
The scenic road to reach the top rated wineries runs through spectacular vineyards, amazing alpine vegetation and small beatifull medieval villages that have always been threatened by the fury of the volcano. An after-tasting stroll in a lovely town at the foothills of Etna is a popular activity amongst our clients and, as we all know, walking is a type of exercise that provides a lot of health benefits. So, if you like the idea, ask your expert driver to stop in one of the gorgeuos little towns on your way back to your place of stay.
Located near the east coast of the island of Sicily, Mount Etna is 10,900 feet tall and has four distinct summit craters. It is one of the world’s most active and iconic volcanoes and an outstanding example of ongoing geological processes and volcanic landforms.
Its exceptional volcanic activity has been documented by humans for at least 2,700 years – making it one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism. Today Mount Etna is one of the best-studied and monitored volcanoes in the world and continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other earth science disciplines.
The volcano has a substantial environmental impact on the local area. Indeed, the Etna region is one of the most prosperous and densely populated parts of Sicily. This derives in large measure from the ample water supply from the porous lavas and the fertile volcanic soils. It is one of Sicily's main tourist attractions, with thousands of visitors every year, and one of the most important wine producing areas in the world.