The Wine Route of Etna
The area surrounding Mount Etna is considered as an island within the Sicilian island, because of the peculiar conditions of the soil and the climate, as well as the presence of a wine route among the numerous places of interest and wineries.
The Wine Route of Etna was created by the Province of Catania for the purpose of promoting the territories and the wine production in the Etna area, also stimulating food and wine tourism, The Wine Route encompassed vineyards, farms, wine shops, wine museums, information points, reception desks, local producers and resorts. The Wine Route of Etna caresses the hillsides, the bends and the terraces that lead up to the volcano. It is a journey across the luxuriant countryside surrounding Mount Etna. The Wine Route runs across chestnut trees, hazelnut shrubs, citrus orchards and vineyards. The natural landscape is dotted with old villages full of history, art and different architectures.
Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe. The peculiar climate at its foot makes the wines produced here excellent. In 1968 the area received one of the first Sicilian designations, DOC Etna, encompassing twenty-one municipalities and a number of white, red and rosé wines, obtained from Carricante, Catarratto, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Mantellato grapes. The vineyards have undergone a constant process of transformation, becoming one of the most prominent features of the landscape. Wine production occurs on the terraces on the hillsides in the Etna area. A typical element of the vineyard is the palmento, an ancient facility used for wine-making, with an annexed cellar.