Wine, Vineyards & Estates
Travel Type: Guided Tour for small pre-formed groups 8 min 14 max
Transportation: Private first class Vehicle & Driver
Guide: Driver-Guide + Local Guides as per program
Period : year round - on request
Duration: 7 nights/8 days
Discover Sicily through its vineyards
Stay in refined estates
Experience wine tastings in varied settings including:
exclusive cellars guided by owners and estate managers and wine bars
Gourmet dinner with wine route ad hoc on the menu
Visit cultural and archeological sites
First stop: Santa Cristina, Gela (PA), dating back to the 19th century as the home of Baron Ramione, the "Baglio", with its 13 elegant rooms, is a charming revival of ancient times. Within easy reach of splendid Palermo, the current owners, Count and Countess Marzotto, have opened their charming home for discriminating guests seeking relaxation after experiencing the wonders of Sicily. The Baglio recalls an Arab-Norman building, while its interior with its contemporary art and elegant French furnishings reflects the character of its hostess. Guests can take advantage of the renewing power of nature following the "fitness trail" through the vineyards, admiring the estate grounds and its winery, or just relaxing at the swimming pool.
Second stop: Menfi (AG) Menfi (AG) This hilltop working estate first appears to be a typical rural hamlet surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your hosts, the Planeta family, top Sicilian wine producers, are attentive to every detail. Its fourteen rooms, each with a private terrace, and accented with the scent of the olive grove make it a truly inspiring place.
Third stop: – Vittoria (RG) This residence of a prestigious agricultural firm was built in the 19th century, the central palace and wine cellar extend into the internal courtyard. The locanda has been carefully reconstructed and represents the most prestigious point of production of the new-born DOCG Cerasuolo di Vittoria today. Surrounded of vineyards of Nero d’Avola and Frappato of Vittoria, the estate offers five apartements some in the main palace, others set in the old lodgings of the day-laborers.
About the wineries
Baglio di Pianetto: Pianetto is in Santa Cristina Gela, in the DOC Monreale area, and produces 13 wines and 2 extra virgin olive oils. Its vineyards are situated at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level and extended to a total area of about 88 hectares, of which 40 are in production, about 25 in phase 3 and replanting of olive groves. Current varieties are the Insolia and Viognier for whites, while the Merlot and Petit Verdot occupy the entire area planted with red. Baglio di Pianetto aims to produce high standards quality wines by basing its production on the tradition and innovation equilibrium.
Tasca d'Almerita: is the ambassador of the quality revolution of Sicilian wines. It’s one of the finest vine and wine firms in the world. The company makes no less than 20 labels with an almost fanatical cure of local grapes and continuous experimentation. They have already grafted 40 different varieties from all over the world.
Planeta:Dispensa is the heart of Planeta company, as the center of its technology and its production also serves as the historic home of the Planeta family. There are two wineries; the first is dedicated to producing the quality red wines Merlot, Syrah and Burdese. The winery has a total capacity of 400,000 liters with its own bottling line. Areas have been provided on the floor below for the wood storage, with a total capacity of about 1,500 barrels. The second winery, 'La Segreta', was completed for their 2005 vintage and produces the two wines La Segreta Bianco and La Segreta Rosso.
Donnafugata: Donnafugata was created by an enterprising family with 150 years’ experience in premium wines. Giacomo Rallo, wife Gabriella, daughter José, and son Antonio are all dedicated in producing quality wines that fully capture the land’s potential. Their wines reflect a painstaking attention to detail: to its vineyards, to its wine cellars, and in its relationship with the environment. Extreme Quality is the entrepreneurial style reflecting the company philosophy.
Cos: Located on the Victoria plateau near Ragusa province and nested between the Ippari and Dirillo rivers slopes gently from the mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea. Rich in history, these lands have been cultivated since 1607. Today, there are still hundreds of “millstones", reminders of an economic splendor from the late eighteenth century. This area is extraordinary thanks to the unique combination of hot climate, local geology, keeping the land dry and well ventilated with nearby ocean currents and day/night temperature changes. The wines have a particular elegance with their Frappato di Vittoria the city’s namesake. Other popular varieties include: Nero d' Avola, Grosso Nero, Nerello Mascalese, as well as white grapes Insolia, Grecanico, Albanello and Moscato.
Feudo Maccari: Captured by the beauty of the Noto Valley during a trip to Sicily, Tuscan native Antonio Moretti decided that this was the place for his next oenological challenge. His grape of choice was Nero d’Avola’, a grape with ancient traditions, its origins going back to Greek settlers who brought it to Sicily with their ‘ad alberello’ cultivation system, a system so efficient that it’s still used in many Southern Italian vineyards today.