52 Reasons to Love Sicily
#14. Sicily as a wine region is sublime. The island hosts one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world thanks to the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks. It possesses 70 native grape varietals that are 100% Sicilian. Nero D’Avola, Grillo, Nero Mascalese, Perricone, Cattaratto, Insolia, Frappatto, Zibbibo, Marsala … look for these varietals and more to make your pallet dance.
With 485 wineries and 8000 grape growers across a diversity of soils and climates, it is a leader in Italy that in recent years has focused on making very high quality wines. Plan ahead and make an appointment for a tasting and vineyard tour. You may even want to stay at a winery–there are many that have elegant accommodations and excellent restaurants.