Sicily is one of Italy’s most fascinating wine regions to visit! From the active volcanic slopes of Mt Etna on the East Coast to the hills and plains of the West Coast and the volcanic soils of the islands off the coast including the Aeolian Islands and Pantelleria, this region is a wine lover’s dream.
Whether you’re a wine expert or simply like trying the local wine, we think a trip to this sun-drenched land deserves going on at least one Sicily vineyard tour. If you’ve never tried wine from Sicily before, joining a tour will give you the context about the climate, the grapes you’ll find, and stories about how wine, food and the culture all entertwine.
Keep reading for our top tips on the best Sicily wine tours to try in 2024.
Where to go wine tasting in Sicily based on where you’re staying
If you’re staying in these locations, here are some ideas on the wine regions in Sicily you might consider visiting.
- Staying in Catania: Head to Mt Etna
- Staying in Siracusa: Try their Moscato di Noto and Cerasuolo di Vittorio DOCG
- Staying in Palermo: Head to Marsala
- Staying in the Aeolian islands: Go malvasia tasting on Salina
- Staying in Trapani/Erice: Try wineries in Alcamo and Marsala
- Pantelleria: Visit for their famous Passito di Pantelleria
- Staying in Menfi or nearby: Try Menfi itself and Contessa Entellina area
- Staying near Agrigento: Try their nero d’Avola
Image: Wine tasting at Tenuta di Castellaro.
6 Best Wine Tours in Sicily
Want to join a Sicily wine tour but not sure which? First things first, the island is big so make sure you consider where you’re staying before booking a tour to Mt Etna and realising it’s hours away! The good news is that the entire island is full of interesting wine regions, so you really can’t go wrong. Here are the best wine tours in Sicily to try in 2024.
Mt Etna Wine Tours
1. Private Mt Etna Tour with Wine Tasting with Liv Tours
If you want to understand a tiny part of the Sicilian psyche, you must see Etna. Also known as the region’s ‘Mother’, you can see this active volcano watching over the land even all the way from the Aeolian islands on a clear day. Take the time to get up close and personal with her on this wonderful private tour that includes a hike with a certified Alpine guide! You’ll even get to enter into an extinct lava cave as you hear stories and legends about this fascinating volcano.
As for the wine, after your hike you’ll set off to a local family-run vineyard to taste their volcanic wines paired with a traditional lunch. An incredible experience to remember forever.
Wine tours from Taormina
Enjoy a day on incredible Etna with pickup and drop-off from Taormina. You’ll visit a gorgeous winery and enjoy 5 glasses of wine as you learn more about the food and wines produced on the lava terrain of Etna. All paired with an organic lunch using products grown directly on the volcano.
Prefer to stay in Taormina rather than head out to winery? Explore Taormina’s gastronomic culture on this 2.5 hour walking tour where you will meet local chefs and food hereos at 3 different venues. You’ll enjoy local white wines paired with fresh seafood, traditional street food paired with Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria, as well as different Sicilian liquors.
Wine Tour Palermo Sicily
Curious to explore Sicily’s beautiful west coast wine region? Leaving from Palermo, this tour will take you to the medieval hilltop town of Erice where you stop to explore. Next, it’s down the coast to Marsala famed for the sweet wine of the same name. Enjoy lunch, wine and olive oil tasting at a local winery there before a final stop to see the salt windmills. and a panoramic tour along Marsala’ s Salt Route!
This is a great option if you’re staying in Cefalu, otherwise you can take the train in the early morning from Palermo. This tour will take you into the gorgeous Madonie Mountains to explore the wine region. The tour starts with a visit to the gorgeous hilltop town of Castelbuono. Admire its 14th-century Arab-Norman castle, and take in the scenic views in town. Afterwards, it’s off to an award winning winery to enjoy their organic wines paired with appetisers from the region. End in Cefalu!
Wine Tours in Catania Sicily
On this wine tour from Catania, you’ll get to visit an Etna town as well as two wineries. The trip starts with a visit to a honey producer on the volcano in the town of Zafferana (where they hold a harvest festival every year in October!) Here you’ll taste some of the famous Etna honey as well as the estate’s olive oil. Afterwards, you head to the first winery of the day for a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of 6 of their wines. For lunch, it’s onwards to another winery to savour a homemade Sicilian style lunch and enjoy 3 Etna DOC wines (a white and two reds).
Aeolian Island Tours – Lipari
One of our favorite holidays ever in Sicily was our trip to the Aeolian Islands in 2023. Lipari is the largest of these volcanic islands and full of wineries begging to be discovered. At Tenuta di Castellaro, the team use indigenous grapes likes Malvasia delle Lipari, Corinto Nero, Carricante, Nero d’Avola, and more to create their wines.
They have some great wine tasting experiences available that are easy to book online (in English!) including:
- Sunset tasting
- Picnic in the vineyards
- Premium and Cru tastings
Italian Wine Tales readers have a special 5% discount if you use the code WINETALES during checkout.
Image: Wine tasting at Tenuta di Castellaro
The best Sicily food and wine tours
Really want to get an education on Sicilian wine and food? Why not join the Untold Italy food and wine tours of Sicily, often hosted by Liv from Italian Wine Tales. Join our Untold Italy Sicily tour in Spring or Fall in 2024 or 2025. We’ll show you Sicily from a local’s perspective, getting off the beaten track and taking you to all the best places. Choose from our West Sicily (with Palermo) or East Sicily tour route. Find out more now!
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