Wine tours of Italy.
This series examines each of Italy’s twenty wine regions, and presents concrete suggestions for wine tours. We call travel agents, wine tours in this region sell. Even better, we call wineries, tours, and sometimes agro-tourism, the Italian version of a rural bed and breakfast: Agriturismo. Reading this article may save you heaps of money, money that you invest in holidays in Italy and Italian wine vacations.
So you have decided to go to Sicily. You might know about the great attractions of this beautiful island off the coast of the Italian boot. They can about their cities, including the capital, Palermo and other worth visiting such as Messina and the former Greek city of Siracusa, or Syracuse, if you prefer. You have Agrigento on the southern coast, the home of the Valley of the Temples, one of the finest collections of ancient Greek temples. And you want to take one or more wine tours.
Sicily was traditionally a high volume wine producer, and Sicilian wine was not always known for its quality. Times have changed, some wineries produce excellent wines, such as Planeta, even if they do not carry the supposedly prestigious Italian wine labels. Another manufacturer is looking to Tasca d’Almerita, whose owner is a count, if you go for that sort of thing. The winery has an English website and offers visits.
The city of Marsala on the island is located on the west coast. It is home to the famous wine of Sicily, the sweet Marsala which was exported for more than two centuries. Marsala was once very popular and comes back now both for cooking and drinking. You do not need to rent or drive a car to visit the Donnafugata winery located in downtown Marsala.
Sicily produces a lot of wines from international grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. But make sure to try wines from local grapes like the white Inzolia (also known as Ansonica) and the red Nero d’Avola.
Companies with Sicilian wine tours include La Dolce Vita Wine Tours, Delicious Italy, Sicily Vip food wine, and alabaster and Clark Wine Tours Worldwide. In addition to Tasca d’Almerita at Vallelunga Pratameno Donnafugata and other Sicilian wineries, which included visits Abbazia Santa Anastasia as a host in Castelbuono (English website coming soon), and Benanti in Viagrande near Mount Etna. We should give you a few warnings: Be sure to check the time of opening in advance and whether English is spoken. Some places Admission is free, others may expect you to buy some of their products.
Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten computer- and Internet books, but would rather drink fine French, German, or other wine, paired with the right foods. He loves teaching computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel, wine, and food website www.travelitalytravel.com and his wine, diet, health, and nutrition website www.wineinyourdiet.com.
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