Wine paths

La Sicilia has a predominant role in the roots of the ancient art of wine making.
The most ancient reference to sweet wine in the Mediterranean dates back to 1500 bc
In literature the first mention of wine is in the Odyssey, when Ulysses offers wine to Poliphemus .

Today the historic wineries together with new small wineries , are making an effort to keep up the excellence and the goals that are confirming the growth of the brand “ Made in Sicily”. All the terroir at the base of Mt. Etna has a strong vocation to wine making. The scenario is designed by terraces , wine trees , palmento ( the tabs where the wine is feet pressed ) and old farm houses.

From one side of the volcano to the other one can appreciate the harmony between nature and the century old work of man. Thanks to the particular climatic condition this area represents the ideal grounds for The Etna DOC , both red , white and rose’. This strong and genuine wine expresses best the personality of this area.

The Cerasuolo di Vittoria is produced in a large area that goes between the province of Ragusa up to Catania. This hilly area that extends to the Mediterranean sea is full of charm and testimonies historical and architectural treasures that appeal to those who are curious, sensitive and attentive.

From Liberty to Baroque towns this area offers truly unique flavours to the palate: the chocolate of Modica, whose cocoa is processed according to an ancient Aztec recipe , theRagusano DOP , one of the oldest cheeses in Sicily, and an extra virgin olive oil that has received international recognition. Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Ragusa are the main centres.

From Siracusa, driving down on the South Eastern Sicily, the land is cultivated with Moscato di Noto grapes. The area offers natural oasis of rare beauty, towns rich in history and beautiful architecture, beaches among the most beautiful and cleanest in Italy, areas of archaeological interest, and a wide range of local products.

The great heritage of this area is affected deeply by Sicily’s roots: Greek, Arabic, Spanish, Byzantine. Noto is theundisputed capital of Sicilian Baroque, and as PalazzoloAcreide with its Greektheatre, is considered world heritage. We should also mention Ispica and Rosolini, as the remains of the ancient tuna fisheries of Avola, Portopalo di capo passero, the village of Marzamemi with the Arab courtyard, the Tonnara and the Palace of Villadorata. In the province of Trapani along a path between Erice, Trapani, Segesta and Erice.

The EriceDoc is produced together with many other products of gastronomic excellency like oil, salt, cheese, tuna products that give a unique character to the local Sicilian cooking. This is one of the most interesting rural areas of Italy, which winds its way through a legendary land where history and culture have left extraordinary evidence, unique in the world. Among the most interesting towns : Erice, Custonaci, Castellammare del Golfo, Scopello, Segesta and Trapani Mozia.

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