Etna ticks all the boxes when it comes to wine tasting tours – distinctive indigenous grape varieties such as Nerello Mascalese (Rosso) and Carricante (Bianco), cool climate conditions at altitudes between 350m to 1100m; myriad soli types from volcanic ash and pumice to patches of limestone and sand. There are even some pre-phylloxera vines dotted around Etna’s slopes south to east to north. With a boom in investment in vineyards and wine tourism facilities, Etna is hot on the must visit grape escape destination map.
Delegates attending the International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition and Workshop (IWINETC) 2017 Sicily will get the chance to discover the magic on the mountain – bush trained vineyards (alberello), revival of the traditional palmento system in the cellar, taste wines that express the character of an individual terroir (133 contrade (districts) and admire breathtaking views all under the massive brooding presence of *Mongibello.
Two full day Etna wine tasting tours have been prepared for IWINETC attendees to discover beguiling aromas of red cherry and cranberry and more ethereal notes of spice, cedar wood, smoke, leather and tobacco on Etna Rosso. Is your mouth watering yet?
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* Etna is known locally as Mongibello and is derived from the Latin (mons) and Arabic (gibel) word for mountain.