|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £2415 to £2576 per person|
|Number of Meals:||4 breakfasts, 1 light lunch|
|Number of Winery Visits:||5 Wine Estates + 5 tasting sessions|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 21 wines|
|Tour Transport:||Private airport transfers|
1 full day guided and transported tour
1 half day guided and transported tour
1 guided tour in Palermo
|Dates / Availability:||Available weekdays and weekends from March to October|
For those looking for an introduction to Sicilian wines this five day tour offers the perfect opportunity to explore Palermo, the beautiful capital city of Sicily, combined with visits and tastings at five wineries in the Menfi and Marsala Wine Regions. This wine package includes a stay at a city centre hotel in Palermo and two nights at the delightful La Foresteria Planeta Wine Estate near Menfi.
On day one of your Essential West of Sicily wine tour you will be met by your English speaking, private driver at the airport in Palermo who will deliver you to your hotel in the Menfi wine region for the next two nights, La Foresteria Planeta Wine Resort. Once you have checked in you will have the rest of the day to relax at the hotel, take a stroll or enjoy a glass of wine or two. Enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Day two of your tour is a full day wine tour focused on the wines of the Menfi Wine Region. The first winery you will visit (approximately one hour driving from the hotel) is the Mandrarossa Winery where you will be warmly welcomed for a visit which includes an overview of the area and a memorable visit to the wine cellar, with its spectacular views over the vineyard towards the sea. Here you will enjoy a tasting of four wines from the estate. Choose four wines from a varied selection of both white and red wine, the Estate’s rosé and white Mosso, all deliciously paired with small samples of food.
Your second visit of the day will be at the Planeta Ulmo Winery. The Planeta family are known as one of the founding pioneer families in wine over the last 30 years in Sicily and it was in Ulmo where their story and their journey began. In the mid 1980’s, they planted the first vineyards around the 16th-century family Baglio (walled country estate) ‘an enchanted place full of memories from which we wanted to start anew’. The tasting experience at Planeta is designed to highlight the importance of the terroir and demonstrate how this is reflected in the complexity of the wine. It is a tasting which showcases the excellence of the Planeta winery and the achievements they have made in their various individual territories through oenological research carried out with patience and pride. The tour includes a visit to the vineyards and the winery, a guided tasting of four cru wines and a tasting of three olive oils along with a tasting of local products and regional specialities.
The last stop of the day will be at Di Giovanna Winery, a family owned organic winery situated between Sambuca di Sicilia, in the
province of Agrigento, and Contessa Entellina, in the province of Palermo. Di Giovanna wines and extra virgin olive oil are an expression of Sicilian culture and you will appreciate the opportunity to visit the estate and see the entire organic production process from the vineyard to the cellar. The Di Giovanna family produce wines from both native Sicilian grapes and international varieties as well as their own extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy a tasting of five wines, extra virgin olive oil and delicious regional small dishes.
After the visits your driver and guide will take you back to the hotel so that you can enjoy your evening and dinner at leisure.
Day three of your stay in Sicily offers the opportunity to visit two excellent wineries in Marsala. After a breakfast you will check out from the hotel and meet your driver.
No visit to Marsala would be complete without a visit to the Florio Winery and this will be your first stop today. Enjoy a guided tour of the cellars and a tasting of four new Florio Marsala wines accompanied by small plates.
The next stop will be at Donnafugata winery where you will enjoy a guided tour of the winery and a tasting of four wines – a journey through their unique territories and grape varieties. The journey begins with a visit to the historic cellars, passing from the underground barrel cellar to the Sala delle Botti (Hall of Casks). You will then be invited to taste four wines which have been chosen to represent the Donnafugata vineyards situated all over Sicily; from Contessa Entellina to Vittoria, from Etna to Pantelleria. You will discoiver native grape varieties such as Grillo and Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese and Zibibbo. The last stop on the journey is the Vino Icona Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC.
Following this visit your driver will take you to your hotel in Palermo. We recommend dropping your bags at the hotel and heading into the city for lunch and to explore. Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day four of your West of Sicily tour is in Palermo, a city full of incredible Arabic architecture and with a burgeoning gastronomy scene. Today you will visit the city aboard a unique three-wheeled “Moto Ape” car. You will explore the heart of Palermo’s traditional markets, such as U Capu and Ballarò where, together with your official guide, you will stop to taste traditional foods and dive into the flavours of the colourful, local food scene. Your guide will point out such sites as the Quattro Canti, an important meeting point of the main streets of the city and you will admire the most beautiful churches which dominate the city. During the tour there
will be several stops for an authentic Palermertian gastronomic experience; expect to taste delicacies such as Sicilian Cannoli, typical street food and other specialties. The last part of the experience will be dedicated to visiting the Monastery of Santa Caterina, where you can taste the typical sweets which are still prepared today according to the traditional recipe of the nuns who have lived in the monastery for many years.
The remainder of the day will be yours to enjoy at leisure.
Day five is departure day. Check out after breakfast and meet your driver who will take you to the airport in plenty of time to board your return flight.
Our third trip with Grape Escapes, this time to Italy. Excellent choice of wine tasting, great experience all round. Grape Escapes make everything very easy. Looking forward to planning our next trip with Grape Escapes for next year.
Andrew- Dudley, UK
|Hotel Name||Room Grade||Star Rating||Duration||Price Per Person|
|Hotel Plaza Opera Hotel 4*, Palermo and La Foresteria Planeta Wine Resort, Menfi||Superior||4*||5 days||£2576||Book Now|
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If you would like to make your Sicily wine tour even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of Italy!
A genuine holiday of a lifetime. The hotels we stayed at and the wineries we visited were all superb.
Richard - Essex, UK
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