Sicily Wine + Culture Tour for Bergamot Wine

April 29 - May 5, 2019

 



WELCOME TO SICILY

To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One step on the island and you know exactly what Goethe was talking about. Its colorful inhabitants, ancient and motley ancestry, savage natural landscapes, proud Baroque towns, endless coasts, humble yet incredibly rich gastronomy (revered by all Italians especially for the desserts!) and a viticulture that goes back about 4000 years makes Sicily the stuff myths are made of and, actually, it is: the island is the setting for many a Greek and Roman myth, chronicled by Homer, Cicero, Ovid and Virgil.

La Dolce Vigna's 7 Day - 6 Night tour for Bergamot Wine features the eastern part of the island where the majestic Mount EtnaEurope's highest active volcano (and Jupiter's famed thunderbolt workshop) dominates the horizon. You will learn all about Sicily's native red grapes, Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Frappato, and white, Inzolia, Catarratto, Carricante, Grillo, Moscato, and taste the phenomenal wine they produce: Etna Rosso and Etna Bianco, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Faro, Moscato di Siracusa, Moscato di Noto (don't worry: we'll master how to pronounce those). Other experiences packed into this Sicilian cornucopia: visits to the charming towns (and UNESCO Heritage Sites) of Taormina, Syracuse, Noto and Modica, a hike through the volcanic terrain of Mount Etna, a guided walk-through of an ancient olive orchard, some pretty exceptional ceramics, and tons of gelato.


 

Sicily Wine Tour Highlights

  • Get to know the incredible wines of Eastern sicily at top wineries selected for you by La DOlce Vigna + Bergamot Wine

  • hike along the craters of Mt. Etna, Europe's Highest active volcano

  • Experience an 800+ year-old olive GROVE + taste the exceptional olive oil it produces

  • take a private tour of one of Modica's world-renowned handmade chocolate producers

  • visit the stunning, seaside towns of Taormina, Syracuse, and Noto (All UNESCO heritage sites)

  • Enjoy unforgettable meals dishes belonging to sicily's rich culinary tradition


Your Accommodations in Sicily

While exploring Mt. Etna in the northeast, we'll stay in a stylish, eco-conscious country hotel set in an organic farm. In the proud Baroque town of Noto,  our home base will be the ex-residence of a Sicilian prince in the town center. We round off the trip by staying at the coziest winery lodge in Vittoria.


ALL-INCLUSIVE $4500 / person based on double occupancy


Meet Leslie rosa, Founder of La Dolce Vigna

After a decade of working in the art world for eminent institutions and artists in New York, London and around the globe, I moved to Italy, fell in love with Italian wine, and became a certified sommelier with the Associazione Italiana Sommelier. I have lived in Tuscany (Siena) and the Veneto (Venice) and have traveled extensively throughout the country, seeking out small wineries that have a story to tell, local gastronomic wonders, cultural gems and experiences that exude the good life to share with you. I am so excited to be organizing this tour for Bergamot Wine members!

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La Dolce Vigna Difference

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  • Small Groups. Our tours are always limited to a maximum of 12 people to assure you an intimate experience.
  • Sommelier Guides. You will always have a certified sommelier guide to answer all of your wine-related questions on the road.
  • Family-Run and Historic Wineries. Our tours are centered around small, eco-conscious, family-run wineries that make truly outstanding wine, and are packed with cultural insights.
  • Foodie Central.  Be prepared to eat. A lot. We've picked out amazing spots for you, from the small, loved-by-locals osteria to the Michelin-starred restaurant
  • No Cookie Cutter Tours.  Depending on the season and local events, we will custom organize the best and most insider experience for each group.
  • All-Inclusive. Rest assured that your tour price includes all meals (except for one lunch), activities, hotels, transportation from the moment we meet until our fond farewell.
  • Down Time. For those of you who have been on other group tours, you know what we're talking about. Part of living la dolce vigna is taking the time to truly savor your experiences and surroundings. We've built in time for you to do just that at your own pace and on your own terms. Long live slow travel!
  • Helping others. Besides helping the local, artisanal economy through visiting small wine and food producers, eating at traditional trattorie and staying at intimate hotels, a donation on behalf of each individual that takes one of our tours will be made to 10,000 Gardens in Africa, a Slow Food initiative aimed at cultivating sustainable and healthy communities throughout Africa.