Sicily

Description

Description

Land of agricultural abundance, Sicily is the largest producer of Italian wine by volume. Known as Trinacria by the Greeks who colonized the island in ancient times, wine has been part of Sicilian life for over 3,000 years. The many civilizations that settled the island over millennia still inform its complex and incredibly varied winemaking traditions. While its hundreds of indigenous grape varieties were until recently devoted to producing mostly bulk wine, Sicily has recently experienced a qualitative revolution, which has reaffirmed the incredible potential of its terroir. Thanks to adapted varieties of white grapes, like Insolia and Catarratto, and red grapes, like Nerello Mascalese and Nero d'Avola, Sicilian producers have been attracting growing interest internationally. Its flagship brands, such as Contessa Entellina DOC or Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, produced in the provinces of Palermo and Ragusa respectively, are enjoying a surge in status. And, given its historical ties to France since the 18th century, Sicily also cultivates Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which offer some of the finest wines to ever be produced in this category at equivalent latitude. Another wine closely associated with Sicily is Marsala, which was developed by English merchants two centuries ago. Ultimately, it is the highly regarded Moscato wines, such as Passito di Pantelleria, made on the remote island of Pantelleria off the coast of Tunisia, that have brought Sicily its greatest acclaim.

What to do?

Ideally, a trip to the heart of the Sicilian vineyard would begin in the vicinity of Palermo, a city whose eclectic architecture has been significantly revamped in recent years. Further east, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Cefalù is a worthwhile destination, as are the magnificent Greco-Roman ruins at Taormina, further south near Mount Etna. 

Wines

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Alicante
  • Catarratto
  • Frappato
  • Grecanico Dorato
  • Grillo
  • Moscato
  • Nerello Mascalese
  • Nero d’Avola
  • Perricone

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Bianco d’Alcamo DOC
  • Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
  • Etna DOC
  • Faro DOC
  • Marsala DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Discovery ride

Wine Tasting

Land of agricultural abundance, Sicily is the largest producer of Italian wine by volume. Known as Trinacria by the Greeks who colonized the island in ancient times, wine has been part of Sicilian life for over 3,000 years. The many civilizations that settled the island over millennia still inform its complex and incredibly varied winemaking traditions. While its hundreds of indigenous grape varieties were until recently devoted to producing mostly bulk wine, Sicily has recently experienced a qualitative revolution, which has reaffirmed the incredible potential of its terroir. Thanks to adapted varieties of white grapes, like Insolia and Catarratto, and red grapes, like Nerello Mascalese and Nero d'Avola, Sicilian producers have been attracting growing interest internationally. Its flagship brands, such as Contessa Entellina DOC or Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, produced in the provinces of Palermo and Ragusa respectively, are enjoying a surge in status. And, given its historical ties to France since the 18th century, Sicily also cultivates Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which offer some of the finest wines to ever be produced in this category at equivalent latitude. Another wine closely associated with Sicily is Marsala, which was developed by English merchants two centuries ago. Ultimately, it is the highly regarded Moscato wines, such as Passito di Pantelleria, made on the remote island of Pantelleria off the coast of Tunisia, that have brought Sicily its greatest acclaim.

What to do?

Ideally, a trip to the heart of the Sicilian vineyard would begin in the vicinity of Palermo, a city whose eclectic architecture has been significantly revamped in recent years. Further east, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Cefalù is a worthwhile destination, as are the magnificent Greco-Roman ruins at Taormina, further south near Mount Etna. 

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Alicante
  • Catarratto
  • Frappato
  • Grecanico Dorato
  • Grillo
  • Moscato
  • Nerello Mascalese
  • Nero d’Avola
  • Perricone

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Bianco d’Alcamo DOC
  • Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
  • Etna DOC
  • Faro DOC
  • Marsala DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Discovery ride

Wine Tasting

Vineyards