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Our most recommended Sicily Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Cefalù: Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Castelbuono

1. Cefalù: Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Castelbuono

Explore the wines of Sicily on a half-day tour of the picturesque Madonie Mountains, the 2nd natural reserve established on the island. You will go to the prettiest of all the hilltop towns and villages on a scenic tour to Castelbuono. Famous for the 14th-century Arab-Norman castle, built during the Hohenstaufen rule of southern Italy, the church is also home to the holy relic of Sant’ Anna. Take a stroll through the town center, with breathtaking views all the way. Next, visit the gold medal, award-winning Abbazia Sant’Anastasia winery to taste some of their selected organic wines, served with typical appetizers of the region. Take a tour of the wine cellar, and savor the oak smells of the handcrafted barriques (barrels).

Taormina: 2.5-Hour Food and Wine Walking Tour

2. Taormina: 2.5-Hour Food and Wine Walking Tour

Hear about the old food traditions of Sicily on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Taormina. Meet local chefs and food heroes at 3 different venues and immerse yourself in the food scene. Try fresh seafood such as pepata di cozze (mussels in sauce) or alici alla beccafico con pesto trapanese (filled anchovies with pesto) paired with white wines from the region. Try a variety of bruschetta and other appetizers including cold cuts, soups, cheese with honey and marmalade and caponata (an eggplant dish from Sicily). Savor red wines such as Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria and end with a tasting of local pastries and liquors.

Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

3. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local produce and take part in a small tasting of salamis and cheeses. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

4. Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

This day trip begins with a drive up to Rifugio Sapienza, with stops at viewpoints en route. The guide will provide commentary on the volcano's history and point out sites of previous eruptions. Trek along one of the nature paths up to 2,000 meters or take the Etna high altitude option. For the high altitude option, ride a cable car and special 4x4 minibus to Torre del Filosofo, at 2,900 meters. Afterwards, explore a lava cave, equipped with a helmet and flashlight. The final stop will be at one of the area’s top wineries, with a tasting session that includes a sparkling wine and 4 still wines. During the tasting session, enjoy local cold cuts, cheeses, pate and olive oil.

Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

5. Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

In the morning you will set the route to the island of Vulcano, where, aboard the boat, you will coast and admire the Grotta del Cavallo and the famous Pool of Venus. Then dock at Porto di Levante and visit the village of Vulcano, the thermal mud lake and the beach of the hot sulphurous waters. Then, embark to visit Panarea. From the boat, you can admire the splendid bay of Cala Junco. After the visit, continue sailing towards Basiluzzo, the largest islet, and then reach Stromboli. At sunset, leave for a tour of Strombolicchio, while you drink a good glass of local Malvasia. Witness the spectacular eruptions of Stromboli and then return to Lipari.

Catania, Taormina, Messina: 3 Etna Wineries Tour & Tasting

6. Catania, Taormina, Messina: 3 Etna Wineries Tour & Tasting

Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car or minivan through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations.  The first venue will be a family-run winery, world-famous for its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping refreshing wine, you will have a guided tour around the estate, after which you will visit the cellars where the owner or your private sommelier will explain to you the wine production process. Finally, you will sit at a wonderful terrace with a breathtaking view of mountains and Ionian coastline, and with your personal sommelier, start your food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 excellent white, red and rose Etna D.O.C. wines with locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, sausages, couscous, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, domestic olive oil and fresh homemade bread. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique atmosphere of the Sicilian countryside. You will be driven to the second venue – another outstanding Etna winery, where the owner will give you a tour around the estate. With a professional sommelier, you will taste 4 brilliant red, rose and white wines of the region.  You will continue the tour driving to the next venue, an ancient family run winery with authentic charm. After your guided visit to the cellars, you will taste 3 premium red and white wines accompanied by fresh domestic appetizers: locally produced cheeses, meat delicacies, olives, olive oil and fresh bread.  After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

7. Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

Learn to cook like a real Sicilian in a typical palazzo located in Catania city center and get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly cook. Enter the home of your cook and teacher, Claudia, located in the heart of Catania, very close to all historic attractions, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and theaters. Along with her husband, she has developed a refined menu of Sicilian recipes, using fresh produce and raw materials from the island. During your lesson, discover how to prepare the fish and vegetables bought from the local market and use olive oil produced in Sicily. Prepare a typical four-course meal composed of dishes based on the Sicilian tradition such as tomato and eggplants pasta or anchovies, flan, pasta with zucchini and pistachios, vegetable rolls with orange, and, of course, Panna cotta from the Etna region, all paired with local red wines.

Messina: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

8. Messina: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide.  Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene.  In Savoca, stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed, and purchase souvenirs.  The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century.  Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director, and the actors. Discover the history of the real Sicilian mafia from your guide. Hear how the mafia rose to power, its structure, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives, and homemade bread.  During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th-century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline.

Linguaglossa: Wine Tasting Experience at Etna Nord

9. Linguaglossa: Wine Tasting Experience at Etna Nord

Enjoy a wine tasting experience like no other, 900 meters above sea level at Etna Nord. To begin, try an exquisite glass of white wine offered by the welcoming staff. Next, follow the sommelier for a tour through the winery, which extends over 25 hectares of land. Then go 11 meters below ground to see where the wine is stored. On the tour, learn the secrets for a perfect food-wine matching, the history of the winery, and general wine production techniques. At the end of the tour, enjoy tasting four different glasses of locally wine, alongside a small cheese platter.

Etna: Wine Tasting and Food Tour

10. Etna: Wine Tasting and Food Tour

First stop will be Zafferana Etnea, where the guide will help you discover the beauty of the town, passing through areas lapped by different lava fronts. Zafferana is considered the honey capital of Sicily. Enjoy the opportunity to taste honey and other typical products, including extra virgin olive oil with a tasting tour to appreciate their qualities. Next, you will move on to an Etna winery where you will meet an expert sommelier who will introduce you to some local wines. Learn the story behind the production of each bottle, from pruning to harvesting. Finally, led by the sommelier, you will have the opportunity to taste six different wines, not only from Mount Etna. At lunchtime, you will then visit the second winery, where you will enjoy a full lunch with antipasto, primo, and secondo, expertly paired with 3 Etna Doc wines (one white and two reds). After lunch you will visit the vineyards. Expert oenologists and/or sommeliers will take you behind the scenes of Etna's wine world, before returning to Catania in the early evening.

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Our guide, Ezio, was very nice and prepared, giving us a lot of information on vulcanos and the history of Sicily. We were picked up in Letojanni and drove to the winery where we could have a coffee and change shoes. We then drove further up where we started our tour. Difficluty: ar the beginning it was tough (5-10min), later on it was easier. Once we had finished the tour, we got to see a cave. Ezio explained what the cave had been used for in ancient times and explained the geology once again. After that, he drove us to the winery again where we had lunch and some good wine. The winery was very typical, the surroundings beautiful. Afterwards, we left for Alcantara where we had the possibility to have a swim or to just walk in the (very cold) water. Eventually, he brought us back where he had picked us up. Overall: can only be recommended!

My husband and I booked this last minute and it was one of our favorite things we did in the trip. The scenery was gorgeous, the staff was so kind and knowledgeable and the wine was excellent. Food pairings were great too. We loved it so much, we signed up for the wine club.

Our guide was Fantastic!!!!!! While host at Entoca Etna was very lovely, overall we did not enjoy the food. That was the only downfall from an excellent guide and host.

Marco, our guide was fabulous - so informative and passionate Would definitely recommend Marco, the tour and the company Thank you for a fabulous day

Collected on time , great time at the vineyard, plenty of wine. Lunch was great with again more wine