Wine is a major part of Sicilian culture from time immemorial. Sicilian vintage wines are wonderful creations and they are famous throughout the world for their taste and quality. The magic of the Sicilian wine has been attributed to the long and cloudless summers as well as the fertile soil. In fact, Sicily is said to have more vineyards than other regions in Italy. The island also grows more grapes than any other.
Legend tells that Bacchus (also known as Dionysus, the god of wine and grape harvest) brought pleasure to mankind while bringing wine into Sicily. To say the truth, wine has been grown and produced in Sicily for thousands of years. It is proved that the Mycenaean merchants planted grapes in the Aeolian Islands in early 1,500 BC. Varieties of Sicilian wines and grapes include Bianco D’Alcamo, Marsala, Passito di Pantelleria, Malvasia delle Lipari, Passito di Noto, Chardonnay, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Etna Rosso, Syrah, Nero D’Avola, Moscato Bianco, Cabernet, etc.
Where to Find the Sicilian Wine Yards
Some of the cities where you can find the wine yards and taste your favorite Sicilian wines include:
Catania is located on the eastern coast of the Sicilian island with an estimated population of over 320,000 people. It is the 2nd largest city in Sicily. Using the car rental Catania, you can easily take a wine tour around the city and in the vicinity of the neighboring Mount Etna where the most famous winemakers in Catania can be found. You will the awesome scenery of the beautiful vineyards along the mountain slope. Don’t miss a trip to the vineyard of Giuseppe and sons to have a memorable taste of unique Sicilian wines. You may also visit the Palmetto grape press and step into the antique cellars for a private tasting of exceptional wines like the famous Etna Rosso.
Another beautiful city to visit is Syracuse which is located on the Ionian coast of the Sicilian island. It has an estimated population of 122,051 people. The city has some of the best wine yards on the Sicilian coast with such great wineries like Azienda Vitivinicola SultanoVini, Planeta Buonivini winery, etc. Don’t forget to enjoy Pachino wine in the pretty fishing village of Marzamemi and Moscato di Siracusa in the Pupillo Farm (Azienda Agricola Pupillo).
This is the capital of Sicily in Southern Italy with an estimated population of about 676,118 people. The best wine yards to visit near Palermo include the Duca di Salaparuta in Casteldaccia, Regaleali in Vallelunga, Cana Enoteca, Osteria dei Vespri and many others.
This is a city in the province of Trapani in Sicily. It is the 5th most populous city in Sicily with an estimated population of about 90,000 people. It is the birthplace of the famous variety of marsala wine. You can try dry or sweet marsala wine of different age that are produced in the region surrounding the city of Marsala. The most recommended wineries and wine yards are the Cantine Pellegrino, Caruso & Minini Srl, Donnafugata, Baglio Baiata Alagna, and Marco de Bartoli.
Although there are many wine tasting and travel tours that can offer to take you around these wineries, make the effort to arrange an experienced tour agent to make your wine tasting tours exciting, fulfilling, and hitch-free or use a rental car to get to the most distant wine yards and wineries.