The Wine Trails of Sicily Through Culture and the Arts of Pleasure part V
ETNA ROSSO/BIANCO DOC - MAMERTINO DOC – FARO DOC – MALVASIA DELLE LIPARI
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.
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 unesco.org
With 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 .
We 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.
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.