The top 10 of the Etna wine Resort, for a holiday in paradise
Spent the summer, there is always a good reason to go to Sicily. The harvest season, which runs from mid-September to early November, is a delightful period for climate, landscape and food and wine offerings. Here is the top ten of the most beautiful wine resorts at the foot of Etna
This is the ideal time to plan a trip to Sicily. Destination Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, and its jewel villages. The most beautiful period is certainly that of the grape harvest, which starts at the foot of Etna in mid-September and lasts until the first days of November. Many activities to do, such as tastings between ancient millstones and vineyards centenarian to admire the infinity pool of a wine resort 5 stars.
At first it seemed the usual fad, a phenomenon destined to run out over a few seasons. And instead, the interest for the territory of Etna does not mention decreasing. The lava soils and the unique climate (mountain temperatures in the heart of the Mediterranean) offer extraordinary products such as apples, citrus fruits and wines so acclaimed by the most authoritative critics. carricante and Nerello Mascalese are the two historical varieties of the volcano, respectively white and black Berry.
From the Zero years began a real “treasure hunt” that led several entrepreneurs, Sicilian and foreigners, to acquire vineyards on Mount Etna. The last famous name, in order of time, is that of Oscar Farinetti. Together with wine production, the enoturistic sector has also developed, most often started by the same wineries that have built their own wine cellar here. Ancient palments where the grape was once crushed to produce the must, have been skilfully restored in harmony with the territory and transformed into a charming relais with every comfort.
A holiday in a wine resort Etneo allows you to immerse yourself and discover the millenarian wine-growing tradition of Etna. Among the estates there are still those who guard the trees centenarians, Majestic and superb, survived the phylloxera that in the mid-nineteenth century destroyed most of the vines in Europe.
The Etna system represents a winning model of tourism to be replicated not only in other areas of Sicily but throughout the south of Italy. Each season has its magic: Sun and Sea in spring and summer, the harvest in autumn and snow in winter (it’s true, you can ski also in Sicily). All this allows wine resort owners to stay open all year round and seasonally the tourist offer, with a consequent benefit to the economy of the entire Etnea community. The greatest admirers of Etna are the subjects of His Majesty, who can use the whole year of direct air connections between London and Catania. The British follow the wheel Belgian, French and Italian.
5. Tenuta di Fessina
One of the most important goals of Silvia Maestrelli, among the producers who gave new impetus to the enology on Etna, is to “open” this young territory to the dissemination and hospitality linked to the world of wine. The intention is to promote the territory of Etna, unique for the exceptional pedoclimatic conditions that characterize it, able to donate wines of an excellent quality. In January, in the Tenuta di Fessina, 4 rooms were inaugurated expertly restored and furnished with rustic, but sophisticated simplicity, which retains all the original flavor of the eighteenth century Palmento. The family furnishings alternate with touches of art and design, in an elegant, timeless mix.
Advice for Winelovers: The wines are legendary, as A’ Puddara, a carricante 100%, rigorous and outlined as the volcano (a Muntagna in Sicilian) that stands out in the night.
Tenuta di Fessina
Contrada Rovittello – Castiglione di Sicilia (CT)