Top Sicily Wine Tours Voted On By Our Team

We’re going to Sicily, where stunning landscapes, rich history, and the art of winemaking collide to create an unforgettable adventure for your senses.

Sicily is a wine making gem in the Mediterranean where wine making has been going on for a millennia. Their passion shines through in every sip. You’ll discover unique grape varietals like Nero d’Avola and Carricante, grown in volcanic soil, creating wines unlike anything you’ve tried before.

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It’s not just about the wine! Many tours take you to stunning vineyards nestled in rolling hills or on the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano (don’t worry, it’s safe!). You might even get a peek into the traditional winemaking process, from grape harvest to bottling.

Pair your wine tastings with delicious local food. Think fresh seafood, creamy cheeses, and flavorful pastas, all perfectly complementing the wines. It’s a symphony of taste buds!

Escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Sicily. Breathe in the fresh air, meet friendly locals, and create lasting memories with loved ones over a shared love of wine and good company.

What To Expect When Traveling To Sicily

If you’re visiting Sicily for the first time, get ready to be enchanted by a unique blend of history, culture, natural beauty and of course wine.

Sicily has a rich tapestry of civilizations, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Byzantines and Arabs. Witness their legacy in the magnificent ruins of temples, theaters, and castles scattered across the island.

Sicilian cuisine is a symphony of flavors, influenced by the island’s diverse past. Savor fresh seafood dishes, creamy pastas, and vibrant vegetables, all drizzled with the island’s renowned olive oil and paired perfectly with local wines.

Sicilians are known for their relaxed and welcoming nature. Embrace the “dolce vita” (sweet life) by slowing down, enjoying leisurely meals, and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere in charming piazzas.

From the snow-capped peak of Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, to the turquoise waters and hidden coves of the coastline, Sicily offers a diverse landscape for every explorer.

Sicily is full of surprises! Be prepared for shops with unexpected closing times, vibrant festivals throughout the year, and the chance to encounter traditional crafts like cart making and puppetry.

Let go of your rigid itinerary and embrace the unexpected. Get lost in charming alleyways, strike up conversations with friendly locals, and savor the unique rhythm of Sicilian life.

Map Of Wine Tours In Sicily

Tour Etna & Wine Tasting

Location: Taormina

When you book this Mount Etna wine tour on the volcano’s slopes, you’ll discover the iconic symbol of Sicily. Drive up to the volcano’s summit with a small group of people to explore the ruins of lava tunnels and stroll around the craters.

After that, have lunch at a winery and discover how the rich volcanic soils influence the distinctive flavor of the region’s wines.

From $149.34

Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour – Small Groups from Taormina

Location: Taormina

Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe, but you don’t need to scale the towering summit to take in the breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a Sicilian-style lunch and wine tasting, hike through Mt. Etna’s historic woodlands and lava caves, and visit the Alcantara Gorge on this full-day tour from Taormina.

From $113.94

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Cooking Class with Seaview & Taormina’s Market with Chef Mimmo

Location: Taormina

Level up your cooking class and wine tasting experience by meeting up with Chef Mimmo in Taormina’s historic center and then heading to the local market. You’ll get to taste a variety of freshly produced vegetables and cheeses from local vendors. Select the dishes you would want to prepare with the chef using the fresh and in-season ingredients available at the market.

From $105.09

Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour (Small Group)

Location: Taormina

Enjoy a full-day tour of Etna’s countryside while indulging your passion for wine and food. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel through picturesque Sicilian villages while learning about the history and culture of the area from a local guide. 

Visit a pastry shop, a charming farmhouse serving delectable food, and a family-run vineyard. The tour includes wine tastings and samples of regional cheeses, salumi, and pastas.

From $164.83

Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Food and Wine Tasting

Location: Etna

Discover three distinct Sicilian wineries while enjoying delectable reds, whites, and rosés from the area. Explore the intriguing Etna region, renowned for its volcanic terroirs, while cruising through charming villages, fruit orchards, and lava-made churches in an air-conditioned vehicle. Sample volcano-infused drinks at family-run wineries while tasting regional specialties, such as salami and cheeses.

From $302.00

Palermo Original Street Food Walking Tour by Streaty

Sicily wine tastings with palermo street food tour

Location: Palermo

Take this Sicilian food tour and snack your way around the streets of Palermo. Discover hidden marketplaces and eateries serving regional specialties like stuffed rice balls and chickpea fritters while your guide educates you on the history and culture of the area. In addition, there are only a few people on this small-group trip, making it a more individualized experience.

After you’ve finished your fried goods, sip on some sweet Sicilian wine and go on to a seasonal dessert. You might treat yourself to some gelato, granita, or the renowned cannoli from Sicily.

From $70.80

Gastronomic Street Food Tour of Catania

Location: Catania

Savor a delectable half-day food tour through Catania‘s bustling marketplaces and piazzas. With the help of a local guide, experience the greatest Sicilian street food at fish markets, bakeries, bars, and stalls. Sample local delicacies, including “zibibbio” wine, “cipollata” (bacon-wrapped onions), stuffed fried rice balls, sparkling beverages, and delicious cannoli. 

Discover the characteristics of Sicilian food that set it apart from other Italian cuisines while exploring some of Catania’s cultural treasures.

From $54.21

Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

Sicily wine tastings and cooking class

Location: Taormina

Take this entertaining half-day cooking class at a restaurant in the heart of Taormina and discover excellent Sicilian food. Prepare a sumptuous three-course meal while learning about the history of the local cuisine with the assistance of a trained Sicilian chef. 

After buying supplies from the outdoor market, return to the restaurant to start cooking! Enjoy your creations with some local red and white wine samples at the end of the class.

From $105.09

Half-Day Pizza Making Class in Taormina

Location: Taormina

Take a Taormina cooking lesson and learn how to make pizza like a pro! You’ll create a versatile dough from scratch and top it with a fresh sauce while learning from a local “pizzaiolo” with expertise. 

Enjoy your well-earned Sicilian feast after hearing some tips and learning about the ingredients. There’s also wine, soft drinks, and bruschetta. Before you go, a certificate attesting to your pizza-making prowess is given.

From $71.91

Private Tour of Etna and Winery Visit with Food and Wine Tasting from Taormina

Location: Taormina

This private tour to Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, will give you a taste of Sicily. Enjoy the breathtaking view as you travel through mountain communities and make a stop at a local honey shop—leave the driving to your private guide. 

See a few craters formed by volcanic eruptions and have lunch at an Etna winery, where you can sample red and white wines from Sicily.

From $272.13

Mount Etna Half-Day Tour – Small Groups From Taormina

Location: Taormina

Join a small group led by a professional hiking guide as you trek around Mount Etna. Leave Taormina and spend the day visiting lava caverns and learning about the volcano’s history. Once you’ve had a chance to explore this surreal setting properly, stop by a nearby chalet for a snack of cake, local wine, a Sicilian sandwich, and a sample of almond wine to replenish your energy.

From $88.50

Sicilian Cooking Class

Location: Palermo

The cuisine of Sicily is distinct from that of the Italian mainland and is frequently difficult to find unless one knows someone who lives there. With this Sicilian cooking lesson, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at Palermo’s culinary customs by going to one of the oldest markets with a local and learning how to make traditional dishes at a family-run cooking school. Prepare four dishes and enjoy a joyful dinner sampling your creations. 

Settle down to taste your creations while sipping on various Sicilian wines. The class finishes off with some coffee and house-made liquors.

From $101.77

Olive Grove Tour with Wine & Olive Oil Tasting in Balestrate

Location: Partinico

Join a guided tour around an olive orchard and master class led by Francesco, a producer and a young winemaker. Savor the genuine flavors of Sicilian wines and extra virgin olive oil. Feel at home with the warmth of a traditional Italian home in the countryside.

From $49.78

Godfather vs Mafia Tour & Sicilian Light Lunch (Small Group)

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Location: Taormina

This in-depth guided tour of two Sicilian villages compares the legendary plot of “The Godfather” tale with actual Mafia history. Visit the sets used for filming, such as the chapel where Michael Corleone wed Apollonia, his young bride. Along with learning about the Mafia’s hold on southern Italy, you’ll also hear firsthand accounts from Sicilian clans. 

Eight people can join this small-group trip, which ends with a delicious pasta banquet at a classic trattoria. Have a glass of Etna wine, produced from volcanic vineyards, and a traditional Sicilian pasta dinner.

From $131.64

Etna Tour in 4×4

Location: Trecastagni

Enjoy a Jeep tour of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Climb to a height of around 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) with a nature guide to explore extinct craters and lava flows and enjoy views of the Caldera del Valle del Bove. To better understand how lava flows form and cool, put on a helmet and headlight and explore a lava tube. 

A taste of Etna and Sicilian delicacies, including wine, liqueurs, oil, honey from Zafferana, sweet creams, salty pesto, pistachios from Bronte, and more, is included in the Montata Grande Agricol Tour tasting.

From $88.39

Sicilian Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taormina

Location: Taormina

This five-hour cooking class is the ideal way to sample Sicilian food, which is often considered among Italy’s best. Buy some supplies from Taormina Market, learn how to prepare classic Sicilian meals, like caponata and fresh pasta, and then have a delectable handmade lunch paired with local wine.

From $105.09

Private Tour of Taormina and Castelmola with Traditional Lunch

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Location: Taormina

With this comprehensive Taormina and Castelmola day tour, you can save the trouble of making travel and food arrangements. Enjoy private transportation to Taormina, which includes pickup from your hotel or port. En route, you’ll pause for a guided walking tour of the ancient town to see some of the city’s most well-known attractions. Then, proceed to the picturesque village of Castelmola, situated on the upper slopes, where you may have some arancini and cannoli from Sicily. 

One option is to visit one of Giardini Naxos’ top wine restaurants, where you may savor top-notch Sicilian wines with freshly prepared island fare while taking a breathtaking view of Giardini Naxos Bay.

From $243.37

Sicilian Wines and Cheeses Tasting in Palermo

Location: Palermo

Enjoy a gourmet tasting experience in Palermo to savor the subtle flavors of Sicily’s best wines and cheeses. Experience the atmosphere of a 17th-century building while indulging in a carefully curated assortment of six Sicilian wines matched with locally made artisan cheeses. A professional foodie guide will teach you about the island’s wine appellations and traditional cheese-making techniques while you sip and snack.

From $138.28

Etna Urban Winery – Vineyard Walk and Tasting Experience

Location: Catania

The Etna Urban Winery offers a distinctive wine tourism experience. The property has been in the family for eight generations, and they desire to demonstrate that, even in the suburbs of a city, a new use of land is viable and can preserve the unique characteristics of an Etna lava field. 

Using the self-guided vineyard route, you can tour the vineyards at your own speed. Enjoy your stroll, pause at scenic spots, and read the informational signs. Take in the stern ambiance of the old winery, Palmento, which dates back to 1790 and is still mainly in its original form. Finally, take a look at the cuisine! Four wines will be matched with four delectable gourmet bites as expert chef Leonardo takes you on a culinary tour throughout Etna’s four slopes.

From $71.91

Etna Wineries Tour

Location: Catania

Along with some of Sicily’s best wine and food producers, Mt. Etna is home to striking volcanic caverns. Take a tour and sample at a family-owned farm. Take a tour of the vineyards at two nearby wineries, then have lunch tastings of red and white wines.

From $123.90

Best Places To Stay In Etna

best places to stay in etna

Etna, with its high-altitude vineyards, is a hotspot for wine enthusiasts. The volcanic soil imparts a distinct minerality to the wines, making them truly unique.

When attending a Sicily wine tasting, be prepared to indulge in not just the wines but also the delicious local cuisine. What best way to spend your vacation in Etna by doing all these and coming home to the most comfortable and affordable accommodations in the area? Here are the best places we can recommend:

Dove nasce il Sole B&B

Location: 15 Via Somma, 95030 Nicolosi, Italy

With its environmentally friendly setup, Dove nasce il Sole B&B invites visitors to appreciate the natural world. A bar and coffee shop are available in the location.

In addition to complimentary WiFi, it offers views of the city and mountains. The lodging provides visitors with 24-hour security and luggage storage. Each unit has a terrace, air conditioning, heating, and satellite flat-screen TV streaming services. The bed and breakfast also has a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer.

La Punta

Location: 10 Via Imola, 95037 San Giovanni la Punta, Italy

La Punta is a sustainable guest house in San Giovanni la Punta. The guest house offers free WiFi, air-conditioned rooms with balconies, and free parking. Each guest room at the guest house has a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, towels, and bed linens. 

Every room in the guest house is allergy-free. The rooms also have heating facilities.

B&B Dimora dell’ Etna

Location: Via Crisafulli n 21, 95010 Milo, Italy

B&B Dimora dell’ Etna is a sustainable bed and breakfast in Milo. There is free private parking and a private pool on this property. There is also free WiFi and a sun terrace with sea views.

The air-conditioned units have a patio, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a bidet and bathrobes. A well-equipped kitchen with a burner, oven, and utensils is also included in some. Every room at the bed and breakfast is soundproof and allergy-free.

The accommodation offers a full English/Irish and continental breakfast daily featuring fresh pastries, fruit, and local specialties. Various packed lunches are available at B&B Dimora dell’ Etna for guests wishing to take day tours to neighboring attractions.

Indulge In A Wine Tour In Sicily

Ah, a Sicilian wine tasting tour—what an adventure that promises to be! Imagine yourself traversing the picturesque vineyards, basking in the warm Mediterranean sun, and savoring the rich aromas of Sicilian wines. 

Embarking on a wine-tasting adventure in Sicily is like taking a journey through history and terroir. Remember to pace yourself during tastings, savor the flavors, and engage with the passionate winemakers eager to share their knowledge and stories. Sicily’s wine country is as much about the people as the wine, making it a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

Sicily Wine Tastings FAQs

What is the best wine region in Sicily?

Sicily is home to several excellent wine regions, but one that stands out is the Etna region. The volcanic soils and high-altitude vineyards around Mount Etna produce unique and high-quality wines, both reds and whites.

Can you visit vineyards in Sicily?

Absolutely! Sicily is a paradise for wine enthusiasts; many vineyards and wineries welcome visitors. You can explore the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and indulge in wine tastings.

Is Sicily good for wine?

Sicily is fantastic for wine! The island’s diverse microclimates, rich volcanic soils, and indigenous grape varieties contribute to producing a wide range of wines. From robust reds to crisp whites, Sicilian wines are known for their unique flavors and character.

How many wineries are in Sicily?

In 2022, there were around 2,000 wineries in Sicily. The number may have changed since then as new wineries are established and others evolve. Checking the latest information for the most accurate count is always a good idea.

What is the most common wine in Sicily?

Nero d’Avola is one of Sicily’s most common and widely planted grape varieties. It produces robust and flavorful red wines, often considered the flagship red grape of the region. Other notable varieties include Catarratto and Grillo for whites.

Can you tour Sicily without a car?

While having a car can provide more flexibility, it’s possible to tour Sicily without one. Public transportation options like trains and buses connect major cities and towns. Additionally, guided tours, both for general sightseeing and wine tours, are available. However, a car might be more convenient for exploring more remote vineyards or off-the-beaten-path locations. Choose the option that aligns with your travel preferences and itinerary.

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