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Discover two of Sicily's most prestigious wineries: Benanti and Barone di Villagrande

THE VINEYARDS AND WINES OF MOUNT ETNA

We’ve joined forces with two of the most prestigious wineries on Mount Etna – Benanti and Barone di Villagrande - to take you on a fascinating (and extremely tasty) discovery of one of the most innovative and exciting wine producing areas in Sicily.

Your day will begin with one of our drivers picking you up at your villa (if available at your villa – please see below at which villas pick-up is possible), followed by a short drive to the Benanti winery, where their staff will be waiting out on the charming rustic patio to greet you and give you an introduction to the winery’s origins, its philosophy and to the Etna region.

This will be followed by a short stroll up to the scenic Monte Serra vineyard, situated on an extinct volcanic crater - a true landmark of the area. Here, you will be able to take in the natural beauty of Mount Etna and its surroundings, walk through the vines, step on the renowned black volcanic soil, and learn more about how the vines are cultivated. You will also be able to see Benanti’s 100 year-old, pre-phylloxera Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio vines, situated at the very top of the hill.

Heading back to the winery, your tour will continue with a visit of Benanti’s palmento, a spectacular lava-stone vinification hall which dates back to the 18th century and which is one of the best preserved on Etna.

Then it’s time for our favourite part - the actual wine tasting – which will be accompanied by some local bread, cheeses, salami and olive oil.

When you have completed your wine tasting at Benanti, your driver will whisk you off to Barone di Villagrande, where you will be taken around the vineyards, the winery and their ancient cellar, built in 1850. The vineyards of the Barone di Villagrande estate fan out in a large amphitheater at an altitude of between 650 and 700m above sea level.

The distinctive mountain climate, the specific orientation and the neighbouring oak and chestnut tree forests, creates not only a beautiful environment but also a unique terroir. During your tour, you’ll discover how the natural magic of Etna combines with the perseverance and passion of man to create wines that are a full and genuine expression of their territory. You’ll taste a selection of five wines to accompany a super 4-course lunch.


Prices

The per person prices below include the following: a guided tour and wine tasting at Benanti and Barone di Villagrande wineries; lunch at Barone di Villagrande; and pick-up/drop-off at your villa/transfers between the wineries if you are staying in the Etna area (please see the list of villas below). If you are not staying in one of the villas listed below, we would be happy to arrange a transfer for you at an additional fee.


Prices per person

4-5 people: €140
From 6 to 12 people: €120
From 13 to 16 people: €115


Itinerary (approx. timings) 

09:30 Pick-up from your villa
10:30 Benanti winery visit and wine tasting (4 wines)
12:30 Depart from Benanti
13:00 Barone di Villagrande: wine tasting, lunch and visit of the winery
16:00 Depart and return to your villa.


Pick-up/drop-off from the following villas is included in the price: 

Badia, Casa alla Scala, Crossing the Rock, Don Arcangelo all'Olmo, Don Venerando, Il Palmento dei Castagni, La Limonaia, La Pergola, La Riva, Crossing Together, Ortensia, Camelia and Rocca delle Tre Contrade.

Please note: we recommend you wear a sturdy pair of shoes and, depending on the season, appropriate clothing (please remember Etna's weather can be changeable!).


Contact us

For more information and to book this experience, please email our team of Experience Specialists at experiences@thethinkingtraveller.com, or call us on +44 (0)20 7377 8518.




Terms and Conditions

Think Experiences are provided by independent local companies which are neither owned not controlled by The Thinking Traveller and for whom we act only as an agent. Whilst every effort is made to keep the description of every Think Experience up to date, the provider may cancel or amend your experience at their discretion for many reasons including where it considers that there may be a risk to your comfort, health or safety. Some excursions/activities (i.e. helicopter rides, excursions on Mount Etna, boat charter, etc.) may contain an element of risk or require a good level of physical fitness, and, if in doubt, you should contact us so we can put you in contact directly with the local provider before deciding to buy. Please also check that you are covered for the activity(ies) in question by your travel insurance policy.

In acting in the capacity of an agent on behalf of the provider, your contract will be with that provider and will be subject to their standard terms and conditions, and it will not form part of your contracted holiday arrangements with us. Any complaint (including any allegation of breach of contract or negligence) should be taken up with the excursion/activity provider directly. We will do our best to assist you, but will have no liability in relation to the performance of that contract.

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