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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Gouttenoire

Sicily - around the island in 7 days

Sicily is an incredibly fascinating Mediterranean island dropped like a ball right in front of the boot of Italy. It's separated by the mainland only by a narrow strait that's named after the easternmost town, Messina.

Sicily is fascinating for its history and the diverse peoples that have influenced its multicultural "personality" over millennia, invading it from all sides. Still today it has very much a split personality and is at moments the most beautiful place on earth, and the next it reveals the deep-rooted problematics lingering on from the past.

Its grape varieties and wine styles reflect this diversity. From fortified wines in Marsala, delicious whites of Cattaratto, Grillo, Inzolia grape varieties in the West, to the East where the reds dominate and go from cooler-climate Nerello Mascalese wines on the slopes Etna and fuller-bodied deep reds in the South towards Noto and, of course, in Sicily's only DOCG region, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, with the grapes Nero d'Avola and Frappato.

Our Grapetrotters Journeys will take you to see Sicily's wine culture from one end of the island to the other. You'll visit iconic wineries, stay in great hotels and wineries, taste the cuisine singular to each place that we visit - see more here.

In the meanwhile, you should get tasting Sicily's wines - try for example this lovely red from winery COS which of course we'll visit on our journey!

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