Tourism related to food and wine is a trend that in recent years has been characterized by strong rates of development throughout Italy and, in particular, in some areas of southern Italy that are more agro-food. It is therefore no surprise that, in Sicily, for some time now, wine resorts have multiplied, often elegant and refined structures, where you can combine the pleasure of a bit of relaxation with the possibility of approaching the production (often, in the same land) of wine.
Which are the best wine resorts in Sicily?
In order to identify the best wine resorts in the area you can rely on the Sicily Guide 2020 of Repubblica italian newspaper, which has chosen to award some of the most attractive structures in the growing sector.
It is thus discovered that in the Etna area there is Monaci delle Terre Nere, a boutique hotel with a vintage flavour, located in a large estate where olive trees, citrus fruits and – of course – vineyards from which the wine from the winery comes, to be bought or tasted in the Nerello restaurant. Then there is the Cavanera Etnea Resort & Wine, where themed activities are frequently organized, such as tasting courses and food and wine tours in the area, or the Villagrande Wine Resort, in a pleasant structure undergoing restoration, not far from the volcano’s territory.
If, on the other hand, you want to dedicate yourself to an obviously different territory, you can go further south and go to the Relais Riofavara: here each suite is equipped with a selection of bottles, to be enjoyed through various
journeys. In the Iblei you can also have a seat at the Locanda Gulfi, which also organizes in its cellar of the unmissable food and wine courses, or even at the Wine Relais Feudi del Pisciotto di Niscemi, with its attractive contrasts between antiquity and modernity.
The list could go on for a long time, and satisfy any palate. The Agriturismo Gigliotto is in the centre of an estate that produces wines that can be tasted (also) in the delightful restaurant inside, while the Relais Sant’Anastasia is a 5-star structure today, surrounded by an estate of more than 60 hectares in the Madonie park. In the same territory there is also the Tenuta Regaleali, where you can spend a few days between walks and cooking lessons. And what about the Baglio di Pianetto, just a few kilometres from the town Palermo, and his natural wines?
Finally, if you want to go to the westernmost Sicily, here is La Foresteria, a country hotel of the family Planeta, where you can enjoy a cooking class, a wine tasting or an excursion to the surroundings. Near Trapani there is the Baglio Soria Resort & Wine, and to the same property is also attributable to the Calamoni residence, in Favignana. You can then take the direction of the Aeolian Islands and go to Capofaro, to a holiday of maximum relaxation.
In short – it has to be said – there is a choice for every taste!