The Wine Trails of Sicily Through Culture and the Arts of Pleasure part V

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 The Wine Trails of Sicily Through Culture and the Arts of Pleasure  part V



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To complete our tour through “Culture and Arts of Pleasure” of Sicily , drive from south-east toward the “Mongibeddu ”, in Sicilian, the Beautiful Mountain,  entering the Etna DOC Wine Route ,which extends along the entire the foot of the the biggest active volcano of Europe.

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The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Mount Etna natural sites from Sicily on the World Heritage List (Jun 21, 2013)

Mount Etna (SICILY)

This year 2013  the Etna Park  has been included by UNESCO among its Patrimony : In addition to wine, and food delicatessen,  the beauty of an unspoiled corner of nature really.

  • 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna
  • Mount Etna is the most active stratovolcano in the world
  •  The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years
  • 2,700 years of this activity has been documented
  • Etna supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna
  • Its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes.  see also


Funghi di Ferla - togliere data

Bronte Castle  garden copyPistacchio di Bronte by Vanvakys copytagliatelle al pistacchio di Bronte by VRC 








Vineyard Etna _2 copy 2With its particular climate, and microclimates has a very fertile soil  lava for unique varieties such as Carricante, indigenous white grape , Nerello Mascalese, according to Homer  “Ulysses’s wine”, Nerello Cappuccio/Mantellato and Minnella, all grapes variety part of the Etna Rosso DOC . 




Sant'Alfio Etna CT  The church photo by Valeria Casale copyWe suggest to go up and visit  Sant’Alfio, the little village with it’s lava church, and all take a walk around the chestnut forest, home of  the oldest tree in Europe (3000 years). Many vineyards around this huge area, including Passopisciaro.






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 The Castle of Castiglione di Sicilia, and proceeding toward north-east go directly to  ”Bronte” The city of pistachios” is a must: along with hundreds of dishes based on this delicious fruit, you can also visit the Norman Church, incorporated inside the Bronte’s Castle and the beautiful Simeto Valley and the  Nebrodi Park.


  From the sharp volcanic land with gentle slopes of the Aeolian Islands to finish the wine tour with the wine route in the province of Messina, from the city of the strait to the seven sisters of the Mediterranean. The DOC of the Faro and  Mamertino, cultivated along the hills of the “Nebrodi Mountains“, accompany offshore until the unmistakable taste of Malvasia Delle Lipari off the north-east coast, the seven Aeolian Islands  friendly and passionate just like Sicily.


Etna vineyard _1 copy x webBecause of this one can speak of the various cultures of wine from the deep roots that are expressed today, above all else, in those who interpret, through their culture, their knowledge of grapes and their transformation.“In an era where the value of wine is strictly attached to its added value – according to Attilio Scienza of the University of Milano -


Piazza Armerina mosaics copySicily entrusts its hope to individual companies, to their men, helped in this, paradoxically, by the success of the wines of the New World (America and Australia)… However, it is not only the climactic landscape, but also the cultural and mental ones, which shape diversity. There is no other vineyard in Italy where one recognizes the man behind the wine as in Sicily.”




Etna in Springtime copy by VanvakysAlso here a short  excerpt by Eric Asimov,the wine expert of the “New York Times” on Sicilian Wines: “…Now Sicily is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world. That goes particularly for the reds, which are not heavy at all but fresh and lively. Whites, too, are emerging, especially those made from the savory carricante grape on Mount Etna.and  more..



Antico palmento _2by VanvakysWhat accounts for this explosion? Partly, it’s a result of a new, energetic generation of wine producers who embraced the island’s indigenous grapes at a time when many regions were looking past their heritages to capitalize on the world’s taste for international grapes like chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. As a result, Sicily’s new-wave wines immediately stood out as distinctive cultural emblems...Perhaps equally important has been a slight shift in taste in the United States, the proverbial pendulum swing, from heavy wines of power to lighter wines of greater finesse. In many ways this played to the strength of these Sicilian producers, who specialized in agile reds with invigorating acidity, particularly those producers around Mount Etna on the eastern part of the island and those around the town of Vittoria to the southeast.”




“The future of Sicilian wine must, therefore, depend upon modern communication that succeeds in profoundly encouraging the true appreciation for its myriad flavors and fragrances”The future is here today, and so we invite all of you who love Sicily, Sicilian wine, and its products, to participate in our project here on the internet – the most modern and efficient vehicle for global communication that exists.The cultural phase must be accompanied by the tasting of wine and other typical Sicilian products until all of the senses participate in the complete experience. To this end, we invite you, with much pleasure, to take part in our events. For the latest information on the subject, as well as the technical characteristics of Sicilian wines, please allow us to direct you to the title, See also OUR MISSION

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Graphics and Web-design: AKSHU PURI (India), CARMEN MOLINELLI (Sicily) SALVATORE COTTONE (USA)

Web Programming: Akshu Puri (India)
First picture painted by: FRANCESCA OBERBECK,

Photos by VALERIA R. CASALE and 


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