Wine Tourism Lessons From Down Under

Announcing the first wave of speakers for the IWINETC 2017! We are thrilled to reveal the blend of  Mai Tjemsland MW, Susan Hulme MW, Judith Lewis & Robin Shaw as 2017 Keynotes. The 2017 Sicily Conference will include around 30 talks classified in one of the following areas:

  • Professional Development: Expert advice & insight into enhancing our career in the wine tourism industry
  • Research: Trends and predictions on aspects of wine tourism
  • Branding & Marketing: These sessions are certain to give you ideas to improve your business
  • Grape Escape Destinations: Key sessions dedicated to tour operators and travel agents
  • Network & Connect: Formal & Informal presentations usually including wine tasting

We are thrilled to feature Robin Shaw as one of the four keynote speakers. Here’s a taste of two talks to look forward to:

Are we there yet? Australia’s Wine Tourism (R)Evolution. (Research)
From the days of meat pies and Holden cars, where city folk visited wineries to stock up on bulk wine and top up their port barrels, to the current landscape of sophisticated winery dining and pretty young things in limousines, Australia has journeyed far.  And while domestic visitors are flocking to the nation’s wine regions, the perception of Australia as a genuine culinary tourism destination still raises the eyebrows of many prospective international visitors.  But the cork is well and truly out of the bottle and some savvy marketing campaigns are now shining a very bright light on the nation’s wine tourism offerings – with some startling results.

clare-valleyBeyond the Cellar Door: Creating a Destination in your own right! (Branding & Marketing)

It’s no longer good enough to simply hang out a shingle and expect visitors to flock to your door – regardless of your brand’s popularity in the marketplace.  In fact, it is often the brand’s popularity with consumers that has led some of the New World’s best known brands to create all-encompassing visitor destinations and genuine experiences that go well beyond the humble wine tasting.  Using contemporary case studies from Australia and South Africa, find out how modest family brands have truly embraced the ‘wine tourism’ concept to create exceptional businesses.
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About Robin

Robin Shaw speaker at IWINETC Sicily 2017Robin is passionate about all things wine and tourism and is widely regarded as Australia’s leading wine tourism development specialist.  Her experience extends across sales, marketing, business development and operational roles with companies such as Pernod Ricard, South Australian Tourism and Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.  Awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2004 to study wine tourism innovation, Robin used the information gained to develop a series of workshops and resources which she has successfully delivered in Australia, South Africa and Chile.  Robin’s company, Wine Tourism Australia, works with wineries, tourism operators and regions to maximise their destination appeal and deliver memorable visitor experiences.  She also hosts wine tourism study tours for industry professionals to locations in South Africa and Australia that epitomise best practice and service excellence and develops leisure packages to some of the world’s best wine regions. A dynamic and entertaining presenter, she is regularly engaged as a speaker and facilitator at wine and tourism industry conferences.

Join us March 28 & 29, 2017

Registering for IWINETC is the only way to experience these fantastic speaker sessions. Registration is open  – start planning today by browsing attendance options to find the perfect fit for you and/or your business.

Many more speakers will be announced in December – so stay tuned and follow us on Twitter. Get ready for the most explosive IWINETC experience yet!

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IWINETC 2017 Dream Team of Keynote Speakers Announced

IWINETC Sicily conference to feature Mai Tjemsland MW, Susan Hulme MW, Judith Lewis & Robin Shaw.

The International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition & Workshop  (IWINETC) announces its dream team lineup of keynote speakers for the IWINETC 2017 Conference, to be held March 28 – 29 in Sicily’s Catania region. Be challenged and inspired by IWINETC’s dream team speakers.

 

Robin Shaw speaker at IWINETC Sicily 2017Robin Shaw

Robin is passionate about all things wine and tourism and is widely regarded as Australia’s leading wine tourism development specialist.  Her experience extends across sales, marketing, business development and operational roles with companies such as Pernod Ricard, South Australian Tourism and Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.  Awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2004 to study wine tourism innovation, Robin used the information gained to develop a series of workshops and resources which she has successfully delivered in Australia, South Africa and Chile.  Robin’s company, Wine Tourism Australia, works with wineries, tourism operators and regions to maximise their destination appeal and deliver memorable visitor experiences.  She also hosts wine tourism study tours for industry professionals to locations in South Africa and Australia that epitomise best practice and service excellence and develops leisure packages to some of the world’s best wine regions. A dynamic and entertaining presenter, she is regularly engaged as a speaker and facilitator at wine and tourism industry conferences.

Mai Tjemsland MW speaker at IWINETC Sicily 2017Mai Tjemsland MW

Mai holds a Bachelor degree in Business Economy from Oslo and has worked for over 25 years as a manager with varying roles within the hospitality business, including positions at the Norwegian Embassy in Paris, Marriott Marquis in the US, the QE2, SAS Airlines and has owned a group of restaurants in Oslo for over a decade.

She became certified Sommelier in 1996, WSET Diploma in 2004 and Master of Wine in 2009. She now works as a lecturer teaching WSET Diploma students, Master of Wine students in Italy and London and conducts tastings and Masterclasses for international producers and importers and is a frequent speaker at key trade events.

She is also the Portfolio Manager and headbuyer for new wines for the Autentico Group in Norway

Mai is is passionate about wine and travel and shares her experiences by feature writing in key consumer publications and commute between her home I Trapani, Sicily and Oslo office.

Judith Lewis speaker at IWINETC 2016Judit Lewis

Judith is the founder of the deCabbit Consultancy specialising in integrated digital marketing consultancy and execution. She is a specialist integrated online marketer with skills in SEO, PPC, and Social Media Marketing as well as other digital marketing techniques. She has been doing SEO since before it had a name and has worked both in-house and agency-side.

She has judged both UK & EU Search Awards, is a founding everywoman Modern Muse and is the coordinator for London Girl Geek Dinners.  Having both an in-house and agency background, her clients have included Google, Virgin, NSPCC, Zopa, Slendertone, the Guggenheim, SAP, Amadeus, Blue Cross, & ShareThis.

Judith writes for the SEO Chicks as well as the Huffington Post. She speaks at various conferences around the world and is passionate about teaching and helping businesses large and small. Judith will deliver two highly relevant and extremely important talks for the today and future of the wine and culinary tourism industry.

Susan Hulme MW speaker at IWINETC Sicily 2017Susan Hulme MW

Susan is involved in wine consultancy, wine judging and wine education. She is responsible for co-ordinating the European course days for second year MW students in the UK.  She has been a panel judge for the International Wine Challenge (IWC) for the last 10 years and was a judge for Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) as well as having been invited as a guest judge at many international competitions.Susan is also a former chairman of the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) and has been the editor of the AWE Newsletter ‘AWE Inspiring News’ since 2005.Since 2007 she has been on the Institute of Masters of Wine Events Committee, organising events such as the Madam Bollinger tasting and Languedoc-Roussillon event.

Additional details about IWINETC 2017 are available on the conference website. Registration & accommodation are currently available.Call for speakers ends 30 November

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For more information about IWINETC 2017, contact Anthony Swift  or +34 93 897 70 48

Discovering Etna’s Volcanic Wines

When it comes to planting vines one of the last places you may want to consider is planting them on the slopes of an active volcano. Recent outbursts of Sicily’s Mount Etna provide sound arguments for this with lava flows wiping out precious vines within minutes. So why do it?

Etna wines to speak loudly at IWINETC Sicily 2017

Perhaps wine makers are motivated by the fact that volcanic wines are highly terroir- orientated as bedrock, soils, drainage and microclimates are highly diverse which in turn would make it impossible to make stylistic generalizations about wines grown on the flanks of an active volcano.

Discovering DOC Etna Wines at IWINETC Sicily

Such is the case of the wines produced on the slopes of UNESCO site Mount Etna. Talking with DOC Etna wine makers on a recent visit to Etna,  Volcanic wines seems to be synonymous with individual wines. The Consorzio di Tutela dei Vini Etna D.O.C kindly convened  several producers  together at the Consorzio’s President winery, Tenute Mannino di Plachi  and we were invited to have this demonstrated in a tasting of wines made from indigenous grape varieties namely Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante and Catarate

Discovering DOC Etna Wines at IWINETC Sicily

The wines tasted were as follows:

Tenute Nicosia – Etna Bianco 2011 – 80% Carricante & 20%  Catarratto 12 months French Oak

Eucalyptus, lemon grass and fennel on the nose. Fresh entrance. Creamy texture, citrus palate, and a firm mineral edge on the palate, which has balanced acidity and a lingering finish.

Benanti Winery Etna Bianco 2014 100% Carricante

Intense, fruity and citrus like aromas. Palate is fresh with just enough acidity to balance the creamy texture. Medium finish.

Benanti Winery Pietra Marina 2012 100% Carricante

Crisp and positive with lemon zest and a hint of anise and almond. Wiffs of sulphur on the nose. Long mineral edge to the finish.

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Tenute Mannino di Plachi  Etna Bianco 2013 95% Carricante & 5%  Catarratto

Lemon grass on the nose. Concentrated, weighty but vibrantly fresh on the palate. Pleasant lingering finish.

Tenuta di Fessina Puddara 100% Carricante 9 months in Chestnut barrels

Fragrant baked apples with underlying anise and citrus notes. Sensation of honey on the creamy palate Crisp mouth-watering finish.

Terrazze Dell’Etna Ciuri – Blanc de Noir Nerello Mascalese & Carricante

Tropical fruits, barbecued bananas and a hint of wild herb on the nose. Vibrate spicy palate. Pleasant fresh finish which lingers for some time.

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Al-Cantàra – Luci Luci 2014 100% Carricante

Honeyed buttery nose with citrus notes. Round palate with citrus deliciousness. Nice texture with a grippy lingering finish.

Romeo del Castello – Vigo 2013 Nerello Mascalese (old vines 70 – 100 years) with a dash of Nerello Cappuccio

Smoky, rich, red fruits of the forest nose followed by a darked fruited palate. Firm dry tannins through a creamy texture. A powerful red calling for red meat!

Tenuta Scilio di Valle Galfina – Valle Galfina 2015 100% Carricante

Intense citrus nose with spice and grass tones with a palate that opens with an explosion of fruit and crisp driving acidity. A bitter almond finish with a subtle hint of liquorice.

From this tasting alone it quickly became apparent that each sub – region of Etna or even a specific vineyard has a distinctive stylistic fingerprint.

The tasting concluded with a light lunch of local culinary delights which provided the opportunity to do some wine and food matching.

Discovering DOC Etna Wines at IWINETC Sicily

The 300 or so conference delegates travelling to attend the 9th Annual International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition & Workshop to be held in Sicily, Italy the 28th & 29th of March 2017 will be able to discover why Etna wines are Italy’s hottest wines right now through tastings at the IWINETC exhibition and at Grand Tasting of Wines of Sicily led by a Master of Wine and through the pre and post conference tours to some of Etna’s diverse vineyards and wineries.

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In no particular order, pictures of some of the wines included in the tasting:

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Hurry! IWINETC 2017 early bird registration ends 31 August!

That’s right…you can register online to attend the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC 2017), the leading global event for the wine and culinary tourism industry, taking place from the 28th – 29th March in Sicily’s Etna DOC region, Italy

You can register here and save yourself a whopping 65 Euros with the early bird rate: but hurry this screaming deal ends 31 August 2016!

Early bird registration IWINETC ends AugustWe have so much to offer this year and there are some exciting new enhancements too… all to be revealed soon! As well as networking face-to-face with over 300 wine and culinary tourism professionals from across the world, the IWINETC conference programme will be bursting with inspiration and ideas to help you enhance your career and transform your business.

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Call For Speakers

We invite you to submit a proposal for the International Wine Tourism Conference. This should include a title and short abstract (max. 250 words) outlining the main aspects of your presentation and its relevance to the field of wine and culinary tourism. The speaker application deadline is 25 November 2015. Please submit your proposal here: https://www.iwinetc.com/2017italy/call-for-speakers

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Invited Buyer applications are open & Wine Tourism Workshop Places are available for providers

The tailored programmes offered to agents earlier this year in Catalunya received high praise for their focus on buyer’s needs and encouraged quality appointments with exhibitors and Workshop participants. Again, this year, these programmes offer our Hosted groups even more flexibility on their attendance and key education and networking opportunities relevant to their role and business.

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Find out more about attending as an Invited Buyer>>

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Exhibit at IWINETC & Show your grape escape destination to the World

For IWINETC 2017 there will an exhibition area for conference delegates to discover grape escape destination and wines from around the world. Participating as an exhibitor will ensure you reach the 300+ delegates expected to attend as well as connecting with tour operators and travel agents from around the world. Exhibitor info here: https://www.iwinetc.com/2017italy/exhibit-at-iwinetc

Marketing & Sponsorship opportunities at IWINETC

As the team work hard to make next year’s IWINETC the best yet, make sure you keep up to date with the latest news and important information. Why not join our LinkedIn group, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

We hope to see you at IWINETC 2017 Sicily for another successful year.

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IWINETC Sicily 2017 Venue Announced

The 9th Annual International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition & Workshop will be held in the Sicily, Italy the 28th & 29th of March 2017. The International Wine Tourism Conference, IWINETC, is the leading global event for the wine and culinary tourism industry, held in wine destinations around the world. This year’s event will be a 3-day event demonstrating professional education, an exhibition area, and a direct business environment.

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The venue for the event is located in the region of Catania. It’s a stunning region of Italy boasting rolling green hills, views of the Ionian sea, and Europe’s largest active volcano Mount Etna. The city of Catania, which is the capital, is one of the 10 biggest cities in Italy and was founded in 8th century B.C. and since then the city and its surrounding villages have been modernized adding chic and stylish restaurants, venues, and hotels.

Hotel Villa Itria Catania, Sicily venue for IWINETC 2017

One of these hotels is the 4* Superiore Grand Hotel Villa Itria located 11 kilometers north of the city of Catania and this hotel has been carefully selected to host the 9th Annual International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition & Workshop 28th & 29th of March 2017 for it’s facilities and location.

Hotel Villa Itria Catania, Sicily venue for IWINETC 2017

At the hotel conference delegates will find amenities such as free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV’s in each room. Many rooms have balconies or terraces with incredible views of the town and the tranquil greenery. Additionally, many more features are included with your room at Hotel Villa Itria. Things like parking, breakfast, a bar, roof-top terrace, seasonal outdoor pool, and hot tub to mention just a few. Conference delegates able to get free time (will be tough with all the tasting and visits going on) will be able relax in the adult only spa, take a breather in the sauna, or sweat it out at their fitness center.

Hotel Villa Itria Catania, Sicily venue for IWINETC 2017

There are five different rooms ranging from classic style to your very own suite. The classic rooms are perfectly designed with elegance in mind. If you want your own balcony book a room in one of the superior rooms. How about a bathtub in your room? The Bijoux room is a wonderful romantic option for you offering relaxation and privacy. Junior suites come in at around 40 square meters with a private balcony and two floors. The suite is excellent if you like big open spaces. These suites are 52 square meters and include a private whirlpool, private balconies, and two separate sitting areas.

Hotel Villa Itria Catania, Sicily venue for IWINETC 2017

Your stay in Catania, Sicily will be one you will remember for a lifetime.

Early bird registration for IWINETC 2017 ends 31 August 2016>> 

IWINETC Sicily – 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites not to be missed!

Italy is known for having a vast and immense amount of history and throughout time we have stood side by side these incredible monuments. This country has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country on the planet dating back from centuries ago. The island region of Sicily has seven of these famous sites and if you’re attending the International Wine Tourism Conference in Sicily 2017 you will have the chance to visit some of them.

Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano is an iconic site visible far from it’s base. The history of this volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and about 2,700 years of activity have been documented. Mount Etna is one of the worlds most active volcanos and it is almost always in an active state drawing in thousands of visitors a year.

Etna wines to speak loudly at IWINETC 2017

Drive to the north coast of Sicily and you’ll find the Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalu and Monreale. This site is actually nine sites including two palaces, three churches, a bridge, and three cathedrals which include the Cathedral of Cefalu and the Cathedral of Monreale. This site is a good example of cross cultures between Western Islamic and Byzantine cultures. Many people from different origins and religions called this place home.

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A little trip north in the Tyrrhenian Sea you’ll discover the beauty of the Aeolian Islands. These islands are a volcanic archipelago named after the demigods of the winds Aeolus.  Lipari is the biggest out of the eight islands and the group is often called Lipari Islands. The Aeolian Islands provide an outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena.

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Going towards the south east coast you’ll uncover another historical phenomenon: The Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica. This site consists of two different elements; the Necropolis of Pantalica and Ancient Syracuse. The Necropolis of Pantalica contains over 5,000 tombs cut into the rock. Most dating back from the 13th-7th centuries B.C. Ancient Syracuse was founded by the Greeks and was called “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all” by Cicero.

Syracuse and the Necropolis IWINETC

A little south of Syracuse and you stumble upon the Late Baroque towns of Val di’Notto. This site is made up of eight cities that were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building.

Late Baroque Towns of Val IWINETC

Next we will head a little south to the Archaeological Area of Agrigento founded in the sixth century.  Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact under today’s fields and orchards. It was also one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean. The excavated areas expose the late Hellenistic and Roman towns and you can see the old burial practices of its Christian inhabitants.

UNESCO Agrigento IWINETC 2017

Last but certainly not least we end up back near Mount Etna to view the Villa Romana del Casale. Built in the fourth century this estate certainly was one of the most luxurious during that time! In the year 1997 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having the most complex collections of Roman mosaics in the world. After a landslide in the 12th century the villa was partially buried and not excavated until 1929 by an Italian archaeologist. Mosaics are all around you as you walk into each room of this Roman mansion. These mosaics were made out of multicolored marble and glass.

The Villa Romana del Casale IWINETC 2017

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites and at the 9TH Edition of the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) 2017. You won’t be disappointed!

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Ever Considered Getting Married in a Winery?

If you’re seeking a unique wedding venue that none of your friends have already used, why not have a look around some wineries? You don’t have to be a sommelier to appreciate a fine wine and with so many countries dotted with thriving vineyards, you could even consider travelling abroad to get married. We’ve put together a selection of amazing wineries that will have you counting down the days until you get hitched.

Of course, if you’re attending the International Wine Tourism Conference in 2017 you will have the chance to meet wine producers and experts that could give you some advice about the best locations too.

Under St. Helena Stars

Oozing with class, the Charles Krug Winery in the heart of the Napa Valley offers a fairy-tale setting for your wedding. The charming historic Carriage House has stunning period décor, and combined with the great oak trees and unspoiled lawn area, this really is the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Dine al fresco with your guests, and dance into the night under bright starry skies. Or, take them inside to the Redwood Cellar, which has a rustic but modern feel. This venue will be hard to beat.

English Elegance

English Oak Vineyard is located in the beautiful Dorset countryside and it is composed of around 23 acres of lush green scenery. Celebrate your reception in a beautifully constructed and decorated marquee, where you can watch the sun set on your special day, or dine on a mouth-watering wedding breakfast. Treat your guests to some of the most delicious wedding wines – this winery offers award-winning sparkling wine produced from the very vines that surround your festivities. That calls for a toast!

Make Memories in the Mountains

Wandering through the grassy foothills of Placer County, California, you’ll come across the most majestic of wedding settings at Mt. Vernon Winery. Once you’ve tied the knot, head inside their candlelit wine cave for your wedding dinner. You could even choose one of their famed ports to round off the meal, ensuring your guests will be talking about this wedding for years to come.

An Intimate Affair

The Bulong Estate Winery is situated just an hour from Melbourne, Australia, and will check off everything on your wedding venue requirements list.. and a little more! Take to the outdoor stage for the most beautiful of wedding ceremonies, then dine on delectable canapés and sip sumptuous wines on the decking. Australia sure know how to make a good wine, and wedding venues too for that matter!

Step Back In Time

ChooseChateau Venaya in the south of France as your wedding venue, and you’ll feel like you’ve fallen straight into the history books. Your very own little medieval village with wonderfully dramatic character, what more could you ask for? The wedding planning team here will work with any theme, so the day you’ve always dreamt of is in good hands.

Wine and weddings really do make the perfect combination. Of course, you can always choose a quirky venue without splashing out on the wine too, since many online retailers stock wedding wines perfect for the occasion.

Say yes to a winery wedding for an unforgettable day and photos that have a beautiful backdrop.

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Etna Wines will speak loudly at IWINETC 2017

Etna wines to speak loudly at IWINETC 2017It is widely understood that the relationship between grape variety, geology, soil and microclimates contribute to the making of wines that speak clearly of a specific region. In the case of Etna (Sicily) we can find a myriad of terroirs within the same DOC and this is largely a result of when Mongebello erupted and which way the lava flowed or which way the wind blew the ash. Terroir therefore, speaks loudly when it comes to DOC Etna Wines as volcanic soils and topography vary considerably from one km to the next as you travel around the u shaped DOC Etna region.

winepleasures_iwinetc_bannerWith the recent announcement that the region of Catania will host the 9th annual edition of the International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition & Workshop (IWINETC) in 2017, we tripped over to Sicily to discover part of the DOC Etna region visiting a couple of wineries.

A Wine Pleasures visit to Tenuta Monte Gorna, Etna, Sicily IWINETCWe were fortunate to have with us Bianca Conversi of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Etna D.O.C and Guglielmo,  guide at Catania based tour company Excursions & Trekking as wineries on Etna tend to be tricky to find. First up was a visit to the South East side of Etna to the Càrpene district and the Tenuta Monte Gorna winery at 760 metres, a family run boutique producer working with 4 hectares of indigenous grape varieties – Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio (reds) and Carricante and Catarratto (whites) wedged between two inactive craters named Mount Gorna and Mount LLice with Etna looming over.

A Wine Pleasures visit to Tenuta Monte Gorna, Etna, Sicily IWINETCTenuta Monte Gorna, a member of the Strada dei Vini dell’Etna is open for visits and tastings (appointment only) and is well worth a visit for wine lovers wishing to begin to understand the varying terroirs of Etna.  Perhaps the first thing you will notice about Gorna’s vineyards like many others in the DOC is that they are fenced off and this is to keep hungry bunnies at bay. Also staring you in the eye is the lush vegetation and oak and chestnut forests surrounding the dry stoned wall terraces which are necessary to keep the soil from sliding off down Etna`s Southeast slope. Owner Rosario Licciardello told us “Thanks to high day time temperatures and low ones at night plus winds from the Mediterranean Sea it is easy to have healthy grapes free of disease” With such favourable conditions to produce organic grapes from organic vines, Gorna will soon be adding the official seal of certified organic wines to their labels.

A Wine Pleasures visit to Tenuta Monte Gorna, Etna, Sicily IWINETCIn the Tasting Room

Tenuta Monte Gorna currently produces 3 wines and these are as follows:

A Wine Pleasures visit to Tenuta Monte Gorna, Etna, Sicily IWINETCMonte Gorno Etna Bianco DOC 2013 (60% Carricante & 40% Catarratto)

Quite a powerful bouquet of citrus notes with hints of fennel. Crisp entrance with good weight of fruit on the palate which has vigour and minerality behind it. A fine persistent finish.

Monte Gorna Etna Rosso DOC 2012 (80% Nerello Mascalese & 20% Nerello Cappuccio)

Lovely intense and complex “black” nose of blackberry, plum, cherry and liquorice. Stunning fruity entrance with mild tannins on the palate and the pleasant medium finish.

Monte Gorna Etna Rosso 2012 (80% Nerello Mascalese & 20% Nerello Cappuccio with 30% of this blend aged in French Oak 225 litre barrels for 3-6 months)

Complex nose of fruits of the forest, cloves and jammy notes. Fruity palate gives way to a lingering tannic finish.

A Wine Pleasures visit to Tenuta Monte Gorna, Etna, Sicily IWINETCTenuta Gorna is also making Jellies with Carricante and Catarratto grapes and apparently pair well with cheeses such as teleggio buffalo and mozzarella though we did not get the chance to try out the pairing suggestions or the jellies! :).

Second up was a visit to the La Gelsomina estate and winery but this will be featured in a separate article. On the way to La Gelsomina we stopped off at Barone di Villagrande Winery & Resort on the Eastern slope where Marco Asmundo proudly showed us his Carricante vineyards used to make Etna’s top white: Etna Bianco Superiore. Barone di Villagrande’s  terroir is unique not only because of the varied lava flows but also because the layers of different lava flows have all been mixed up into one unique and special terroir due to the occurrence of several landslides and other shifts caused by earthquakes.

Discover Etna and Sicily as a grape escape destination at the 9TH Edition of the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) 2017. You won’t be disappointed!

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