The Etna Wine Road is a route in the heart of the Mediterranean through the history, landscape and warmth of a land able to charm visitors of all ages. It is precisely here, on the slopes of Europe’s highest volcano, where the bunches reach the peak to yield noble, strong bodied elixirs, which express the energy of the places and the passion of those who work this sunny land.
The route starts at Riposto, where there is Etna’s port, and unwinds through hills, terraces, farmhouses, Baroque churches, farms and luxurious villas, across a number of ancient municipalities rich in tastes, art and nature: Giarre, Mascali, Santa Venerina, Zafferana Etnea, Milo, Sant’Alfio, Piedimonte Etneo, Linguaglossa, Castiglione di Sicilia, Randazzo, Nicolini, Pedara, Viagrande and Trescagli. It is indeed these incredible places that produce the “volcanic” wine, Etna DOC, which is tinged with three different colours, white, red and rosé thanks to four vines, Carricante, Catarratto, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Mantellato.
This is a “route” through characteristic dry walls of black lava stone and thriving countryside, through orchards and citrus groves, handicraft and “peasant” museums. And then there are the old cellars, over 20 wine companies linked to the road, which use modern technology in keeping with tradition and open their doors to visitors wishing to know the infinite secrets of the grapes. It is a route that also means typical produce, the produce of the growing agricultural food companies that offer cheeses, various kinds of cold meats and salami, jams and other products closely tied to the land of Etna.