Currently throughout Sicily grape growers are measuring the sugar, acid, and tannin levels of their grapes in preparation for the annual vendemmia, or grape harvest. Up to now, wine-making has been about caring for the vines, pruning the growth, and ensuring that the fruit has received enough air, sunlight, and water for an abundant and…
Pomegranates and grapes are carved into the detail work of the Duomo of Cefalù. Both are coming into season now. Both represent fertility and abundance.
Vineyards at sunset in Trapani Province, Sicily
Vinyard in spring, Trapani Province… This is where and when wine-making begins.
Savor a sunset tour with an enologist at one of Etna’s most revered vineyards during our October Stunning Sicily tour. Your time with the author of the new book, The Etna Report, will go deep into the viniculture of the volcanic wine region and the wine-making process. You’ll learn all about what makes Etna Bianco…
The grapes are getting ready for the harvest! Almost time to make the mosto for the wine.
The Feast of Saint Martin is approaching. Saint Martin is the patron saint of vintners, soldiers, the poor, wool-weavers, geese, and the country France. For vintners, November 11 marks the first tasting of the new wine, known as “novello.” Wine making is a long process that starts with the pruning and caring for the vines…
The old-fashioned way (using foot stomping and a wicker wheel), on the left, and the modern way (stainless steel equipment), on the right, to macerate wine grapes.
Depending on the region of the island (Sicily has many microclimates.), the grape harvest has started. These Nerello Mascalese grapes, indigenous to Etna, are not yet ready, but the wine maker is measuring the grapes’ vitals every day to strike when the moment is right.
Slowly savor Sicilian wines during your first evening in Sicily with a wine tasting and dinner pairing … Experience it on September 23 … Contact me at AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com for the full, 8-day, small-group, multi-sensory tour itinerary.