Etna Wineries Tour + Silvestri Craters Discovering - Excursions from Port
Vines have been cultivated on Mount Etna since the beginning of the Bronze age, as to say 4 or 5 millennium ago. Despite the difficulties due to the volcano eruptions and the presence of fine sands in the soils that damage the vines, the wines produced today on the slopes of Mount Etna are of an excellent quality and were the first to qualify for the DOC designation in 1968. They include rosados (rosé’s), dry white and dry red wines and are made mainly from Caricante, Catarratto and Nerello Mascalese, a deep colored black grape with spicy notes mostly grown in eastern Sicily.
We drive first to Santa Venerina to visit the cellars and wine tasting. The historic estate of Murgo, situated in a privileged position southeast of Mount Etna, has been making wines traditional to this territory since 1850. The volcanic soil gives the wines a particular mineral taste typical of Mount Etna, as well as unusual finesse, aromatic complexity, and strong personality.
We proceed the tour to Zafferana Etnea, a beautiful little town several time involved in the eruptions of Mount Etna and we’ll have a wine/food tasting of some delicious Sicilian products there. We continue the tour reaching the altitude of 6.000 fts (2.000 mts), we will have there another tasting of some Sicilian wines, particularly dessert wine, in a very panoramic open space faced on the lava belonging to the more recent eruptions. Than, before we take your back at your final destination, we offer a quick city tour of Messina.