Because with all that has to be done on this holiday week, thoughts of this terrace on Levanzo island keep me going. I hope you are inspired to dream of Sicily too!
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.
The terraces and stone walls of Randazzo on Mount Etna’s north face make for a special environment to grow grapes from ancient vines. Grape varieties such as Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccino grow about a half a mile above sea level, where the salty sea winds meet fresh, crisp mountain air that converges with volcanic,…
LIVE from Sicily! | As we ascended Etna today to learn about and taste Etna wines, we saw chestnut trees, lava slopes, and grapes still on the vine. We tasted three or four varietals and enjoyed a long lunch of information and… delicious local sausage made from wild, black boar. Thank you @etnawineschool for a…
Vines (These are special because they stand singularly apart from other vines.) photographed on the slope of Mount Etna in Randazzo. Cheers!
It’s September, and that means that depending on where they are, the grapes will be ready to be harvested for wine-making. Over the next few weeks, purveyors at Sicily’s finest vineyards will be working around the clock to capture the sun, earth, air, rain, and all of the flavors that have fueled the growth of…
Grapevines in springtime near Salemi, Sicily.
In the western provinces of Sicily, the Grillo grape varietal soaks up the sun to make Marsala wine.