Friday, and our early morning departure due to the necessary route change route after of the rains, meant that we travelled along the beautiful northern coastline of Sicily, through Cefalù and taking in the Aeolian Islands before turning inland towards the slopes of Mount Etna and to the Graci Winery in the shadow of the volcano. Established in 2005, Alberto Graci returned from Milan to his homeland and the winemaking tradition of his grandfather, by purchasing the Acuria pro
A dry, but cloudy start to Thursday morning, we set off to visit our most bijoux winery of the week. Porta del Vento in Camporeale is the pride of its owner, Marco Sferlazzo. At 600m above sea level, with a north facing aspect and a northwest breeze, the 10 hectares planted in 1974 through to 1984, Marco conforms to both organic and bio-dynamic practices, to produce only 60,000 bottles per year across his range of 7 wines. His three native grape varieties are Catarratto, Perr
On Wednesday we awoke to the news that there was going to be rain today. Little did we know at the time that it was due to be the worst storm the island has seen in ten years! The torrential rain started just as we were boarding the coach, so we were thankful that we'd managed our trip to the ruins the day before and weren't due to be tramping through vineyards. We thought we would have been pretty safe at our visit to the Settisoli Co-operative winery in the centre of Menfi.
On waking Tuesday morning in Selinunte, a visit to the local archaeological site to view the ruins of the ancient city and it's acropolis, preceded our trip to Florio in Marsala. They were the first locally owned producer after two English wineries were the first the start up nearby. Opened in 1833, this winery was founded by Vincenzo Florio Sr, after his family had moved to Palermo from Calabria to establish a Chemist to supply Qunine to combat Malaria. The emblem of the fam
After our journey from Dublin to Catania, and our late arrival, we managed to navigate the Sunday evening 'passeo', have a wonderful evening meal accompanied by a bottle of Murgo (a blend of Carricante and Catarratto, two new grapes to me) , bed then breakfast the following morning, and set off on our first day proper in Sicily. Our coach took us through the heart of the island, through the barren central valleys along Eucalyptus lined avenues, past the hilltop towns of Enna