Winery tastings not to be missed in Sicily

Winery tasting in Sicily

Would you like to discover the beauty of a land rich in culture and breathtaking landscapes through a tasting tour at the finest wineries in Sicily?

Sicily is definitely an excellent destination for every wine lover, being the only Italian region to have secured a spot among Wine Enthusiast’s Best Wine Destinations.

Table of contents

  • Sicilian Native Grape Varieties
  • Major Production Areas in Sicily
  • 1. Baglio di Pianetto
  • 2. Caruso & Minnini
  • 3. Principi di Spadafora
  • 4. Tenute Camilleri

Sicilian Native Grape Varieties

Sicilian wine, historically known as blending wine, now enjoys an excellent reputation and widespread distribution.

We can finally talk about “territorial excellences” by mentioning some Sicilian native grape varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, and Catarratto.

winery tastings in Sicily

Let’s embark on our journey to discover the finest wineries in Sicily and the most renowned native grape varieties!

The region boasts a total of 23 DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin), one DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin), and 7 IGT (Typical Geographical Indication) classifications. With 107,000 hectares of vineyards, it is one of the four major wine-producing regions in Italy, alongside Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, and Puglia.

Regarding the well-known red grape varieties, we have Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, and Perricone.

As for the white grape varieties, we certainly have Catarratto, Grillo, Carricante, Inzolia, and Zibibbo.

Major Production Areas in Sicily

The major production areas in Sicily can be divided into four main regions where the best Sicilian wineries are located:

  1. Central-Western Area: This area accounts for 85% of the production and includes the provinces of Trapani, Palermo, Agrigento, and partially Caltanissetta. It is known for its diverse terroirs and encompasses a wide range of grape varieties.
  2. South-Eastern Area: This region is characterized by Mediterranean red soils and white soils with a limestone matrix. It is known for producing wines with distinct characteristics influenced by the unique soil composition.
  3. North-Eastern Area: This area is characterized by the viticulture around Mount Etna, which can be considered an “island within an island” due to its unique features. The volcanic soils contribute to the wines’ particular mineral sensation, enhancing their longevity, especially in white wines.
  4. Islands Area: This area includes Pantelleria and the Aeolian Islands. Pantelleria, located at sea level, is known as the “homeland” of Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria). In the Aeolian Islands, vineyards are primarily found on the islands of Salina, Lipari, and Vulcano, with the most widespread grape variety being Malvasia di Lipari.

Here are 4 of the top Sicilian wineries we suggest visiting for an authentic experience immersed in the local culture:

1. Baglio di Pianetto

winery in Sicily

Let’s start our journey in Santa Cristina Gela (PA) at the estate of Baglio di Pianetto, a prominent winery among the best in Sicily.

The company was founded in 1997 with the desire of its founder to produce a wine that celebrates the uniqueness of the Sicilian terroir through the savoir faire of the great French châteaux.

Today, Baglio di Pianetto is a one-of-a-kind, sustainable, and vertically integrated winery.

Through a well-designed itinerary, you will have the opportunity to explore the vineyards, visit the cellar, and uncover the hidden secrets behind their wine production.

Discover all the experiences that Baglio di Pianetto has to offer! 

2. Caruso & Minini 

winery tastings in Sicily

Caruso & Minini was born from the merger of two families who, in 2000, decided to establish the company in Marsala, in the far western part of Sicily.

It was an ambitious venture that brought together sales professionals on one side and the agricultural tradition of the Caruso family on the other.

Today, their wines are distributed in over 30 countries worldwide, offering wine enthusiasts the opportunity to visit the winery and taste their wines paired with numerous traditional Sicilian dishes.

Book a visit to their marvelous winery and indulge in an unforgettable experience!

3. Principi di Spadafora 

migliori cantine siciliane - principi di spadafora

Azienda Agricola Spadafora was established in 1993 in the western part of Sicily, in Monreale (PA).

It is a family-run winery that cultivates grapes in the area surrounding the Virzì cellar.

Today, Spadafora stands out among the top Sicilian wineries for producing excellent organic wines, made without the use of sulfur dioxide, thanks to their marvelous terroir and the three decades of experience of the producers.

You will be guided by Francesco Spadafora, owner and winemaker, on a tour of the cellar and through tastings of their products.

Discover the details of their experiences and indulge in the world of Spadafora wines!

4. Tenute Camilleri

migliori cantine siciliane - tenute cammilleri

The journey through the best Sicilian wineries cannot be complete without a visit to Tenute Camilleri.

Located in Ciccobriglio (AG), just 20 minutes from the archaeological park of the Valley of the Temples, Tenute Camilleri is nestled in the peaceful and lush countryside of southern Sicily.

This small and dynamic family-run estate is easily recognizable by its battlemented rooftops, olive groves, almond trees, and surrounding wheat fields.

If you desire an authentic experience immersed in nature, where you can discover the secrets of Sicilian land and relax in good company, come and explore all the experiences offered by Tenute Camilleri.

Book now on Divinea.com and embark on a memorable journey with Tenute Camilleri!

 

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