Etna Wine Experience
Between the cities of Messina and Catania lies impressive Mount Etna, an active stratovolcano with an unusual, lunar-like landscape. Rising 3,329m into the air, Mount Etna is the highest peak south of the Alps in Italy.
Your journey of wine discovery starts with your expert local and knowledgeable guides who will welcome you in Messina and take you up to Crater Silvestri located below the top of Mount Etna, sharing important information along the way. Bring your camera along to document the 2 main craters that were created when the volcano erupted in 1892, then enjoy some free time exploring the landscape as the realization of a volcano's power connects with you.
Continue to a famous winery nestled in Mount Etna Park. Discover the secrets to making excellent wine the Sicilian way, then relax with a wine tasting accompanied by typical Sicilian appetizers. Etna's soil is rich with volcanic nutrients that are very hospitable for growing and the high elevation vineyards are also an inviting environment for grapes. Grapevines at these high elevations benefit from the ample Mediterranean sun while Mediterranean breezes are warm and conducive to an extended growing season. Significant and considerable variation between day and night temperatures at these high elevations work to the benefit of grapes in that it facilitates growth and coloration and promotes complexity in the flavors.
Conclude your tour with a short stop at a panoramic point in the city for photos of the historical city centre as you make your way back to port. This popular tour sells out fast, book now and get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty, magic and tastes of Sicily and Mount Etna.