The book and the vine, the human and the divine — it all comes together on Sicily...
According to legend, wine first came to Sicily by virtue of the god Bacchus, and it has been a centre of viticulture ever since. What better setting for discovering the stories of ancient cultures and a time-honoured craft?
And what a setting it is — heavenly-scented groves of almond and orange blossom, gnarled olive trees, and soft, vine-covered volcanic slopes, all ringed by the glassy, turquoise Mediterranean. And among them, some of the most beautifully-preserved ancient architecture in Europe. Greek temples, Roman villas, and Norman cathedrals dot the landscape, creating a telling tapestry of centuries of culture on this picturesque island.
But as the culture of Sicily has changed, one thing has remained constant — the island’s love of wine, the elixir of the gods having been made in Sicily for millennia. It’s a wine-lover’s paradise, with local vineyards producing an abundance of excellent, complex varieties from grapes both indigenous — Grillo, Catarratto, and Pignatello to name but a few — and international.
As the Sicilian proverb goes, 'lu tempu è priziusu' — time is precious. Come and see for yourself exactly why, as we take the time to acquaint ourselves with each of Sicily’s marvels — its world-class wines and winemakers, its exceptionally beautiful landscapes, and its wealth of tangible history.
- The best of both worlds: an irresistible combination of world-famous archaeological sites and mouth-watering wines. Lead throughout by not one, but two specialist guides — a classical archaeologist plus an expert Wine Guide
- Sicily has something for every wine lover — excellent red and white wines from a variety of grapes, as well as superb sweet wines
- Enjoy tastings and ours at some of Sicily's leading wineries, from historic cellars in Marsala to cutting-edge producers in Menfi
- A plethora of archaeological gems from Greek Temples amid flower-strewn hills to the glittering Medieval churches of Palermo
Sicily is home to a staggering variety of indigenous and international grape varieties. Visit Marco de Bartoli, the family baglio building excitement around classic Marsala and promoting native grapes, and Rapitalà, whose output reflects the bold flavours and aromas of the Sicilian terroir.