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Exploring Sicily's Wines and Culture with Debra Meiburg MW
Featuring Mt. Etna, Vittoria, Cerasuolo di Vittoria and Contea di Scaflani Wine Regions
July 8 - July 19, 2017

Sicily is known for its culture, art, food, wine and breathtaking scenery but this tour, hosted by Debra Meiburg MW promises to deliver the ultimate Sicilian experience by also providing an in-depth study of the wide range of this magnificent island's wines!

Our starting point will be in iconic Taormina, the perfect choice to unwind from a long trip.
From this most exquisite perch we'll be introduced to Sicily's rich and diverse culture as will also be deliciously evidenced by Sicily's varied cuisine and for the bravest at heart, a thrilling optional helicopter ride circumnavigating the beautiful landscape surrounding Taormina and ever vigilant Mt. Etna!

Our wine exploration will begin as we will trek through the lava ash-enriched vineyards of nearby Mt. Etna, Sicily's most famous active volcano, now considered one of the world's most exciting wine areas.

Mt. Etna, visible from almost anywhere on the eastern side of the island, will afford a unique opportunity to witness first-hand its rugged landscape and surroundings molded by millennia of eruptions. The geological process created a blend of volcanic ash, sand ash and rock, which is a perfect combination for cultivating grape varietals such as Carricante, Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese, culminating with the production of full-bodied whites, ros├ęs and red wines with structure, character and depth.

What better way to admire the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Etna than from the many wine estates we'll be visiting, each one proud of its own interpretation of these magnificent wines!

Nothing will be missed as we will make our way to visit, taste and share wonderful meals and wines at some of the most well-known and respected winemakers that dot Etna's lava fields including Girolamo Russo, Salvo Foti's I Vigneri, Planeta's Sciaranuova, Frank Cornelissen, Marc DeGrazia's Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Graci and the wine-royalty family of Benanti!

From Mt. Etna, we will make our way south-west reaching our home in this corner of the island, located in the heart of Ragusa Ibla, a magnificent example of Baroque architecture.

This will be the perfect vantage point from which to explore Sicily's other important DOC wine zone of Vittoria and the only DOCG zone Cerasuolo di Vittoria -our visits will include Valle dell'Acate, Gulfi, Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti and Azienda Agricola COS with its stupendous amphorae wine cellar.

Interspersed with visits to top wine producers, we will be sure to explore Siracusa, the ancient Greek outpost boasting incredible art and Greek architecture. The Island of Ortygia, linked to Siracusa by a paved-over ancient river, will be further testament to this city's rich history and culture. You will be astounded by the Duomo, its most famous landmark and the focal point in one of the most beautiful piazzas of all of Italy.

Our journey not quite over will continue with further forays to Piazza Armerina with its exquisite remnants of Villa Romana del Casale and its beautifully preserved mosaics depicting various scenes relating to the purpose that each room was originally intended for-our guided visit will further reinforce the well-known fact that Sicily was the cradle within which many cultures flourished, and whose impact are still felt today in every aspect of modern-day Sicily

An exquisite country lunch in the nearby Nebrodi Mountains will provide enough sustenance before we will reach our final destination - Tasca Conti D'Almerita's magnificent Tenuta Regaleali estate located in the heart of the Contea di Scaflani DOC zone. We'll have exclusive use of the Tenuta to enjoy a visit to the cellars, a stroll through the vineyards, a magnificent dinner paired with the estate wines and a well-deserved final overnight in this magical island.

Sicily's culture, food and wines as guided by Debra Meiburg is an opportunity not to be missed for any serious wine enthusiast!

Space limited to a small and intimate group. For full details please contact Anna Maria Sorrentino annamaria@shopwineanddine.com 973-467-4418

Tour features:

Eight-nights' Accommodations

  • One night in Taormina at a 5★ hotel located in the heart of Taormina's historic town center including breakfast and taxes
  • Three nights including breakfast and taxes, a 4★ resort located on Mt. Etna's
  • Three nights including breakfast and taxes at a 4★ hotel located in Ragusa Ibla's historic town center
Meals:
  • Daily lunch and dinner with wines including one Michelin 1★ and two Michelin 2★
Additional Services
  • 12 Winery visits/tastings with in-depth discussions conducted by Debra Meiburg as indicated on tour description
  • Private transportation throughout excluding transfers.
  • 4 Guided tours featuring Taormina, Siracusa and Ortygia, Ragusa and Piazza Armerina
  • Escorted by Debra Meiburg MW
  • 1 Pre tour seminar in Hong Kong with Debra Meiburg MW
  • Services of a Shop Wine and Dine manager
Not included:
  • Airfare to/from Italy
  • Transfers to Taormina and from Sclafani Bagni-cost of transfers will be provided when participant's flights and travel arrangements to/from Italy are finalized.
  • Optional helicopter ride in Taormina
  • Personal incidentals
  • Meals and beverages other than what stated on tour features nor substitutions to menus or wine selections.
  • Tips and portarage where applicable.

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