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Dolce Vita in the shadow of Mt. Etna

Discovering great wines 

Last spring, we were on the eastern coast of Sicily to climb this great volcano – which is in fact the largest and most active in Europe – and contemplate its peaks, which sparkled with white snow and black flanks of hardened lava.

En route, we discovered pretty villages that shelter archaeological and architectural treasures.

We tasted the new Etna DOC wines that make the world's sommeliers swoon and met wine pioneers who have been harvesting grapes from the old lava fields.

Once a land of bulk vino sfuso, the Etna region has exploded over the last 20 years with top quality wines. Accompany them with some regional specialties and you will have a real treat. It is hard not to salivate just remembering!

Why not you?

For wine lovers, it's a very unique landscape to see, with black volcanic soil, ancient stonewalled terraces, and secular vines that produce the remarkable new Etna DOC wines… and the colorful Mount Etna that looms over it all.

This is what La Dolce Vita Wine Tours will offer you in the autumn of 2019.

A week to discover the volcano, close up

Seven days to visit wineries including Graci, Frank Cornelissen, Passopisciaro, Benanti and Tenuta Terre Nere and get face time with their pioneering winemakers.

Seven days to discover the regional specialties that will accompany these wines.

Seven days to visit must-see destinations such as the Greek sites of Taormina and Syracuse and the Baroque city of Noto.

Are you salivating already? It is not to be missed!

Buon viaggio!

Christiane Théberge