FROM GRAPE TO GLASS: WINERY TOURS WITH THE CIRCUMETNEA


Join Etna Wine Lab for an extraordinary adventure through the lava terraces, wineries, vineyards, and palmentos of Mount Etna.


Taormina – September 2014. Join the experts from the Etna Wine Lab for an extraordinary adventure through the lava terraces, wineries, vineyards, and palmentos of Mount Etna.

An original and alternative way to discover the volcano Etna is surely a round with the ferrovia Circumetnea, the historic train line that opened in the year 1898 and hugs the volcano and reveals ancient secrets of the territory. It will transport you on an unforgettable experience. The Circumetnea is 110km long and runs around the Etna, crossing a lot of little villages at the feet of the volcano and delivering suggestive views of the typical dark lava landscape of the area. A tour with the Circumetnea is equally a suggestive experience to discover fantastic Etna views and unknown corners of east Sicily.

And the iconic train journey is just the start of an amazing day with a program, which is rich in content with profound authenticity. Meet one of the most exclusive wine producers and learn more about the rich traditions of Sicily’s sun-kissed foods and inimitable wines. Feudo di Mezzo, Planeta’s latest estate on the Island, which has been established on the northern slopes of the volcano, in the midst of a lava flow dating from 1566.

The project took off in 2008 near the village of Passopisciaro, with vineyards planted at Sciara Nuova and Montelaguardia at Castiglione di Sicilia, and with the winery of Feudo di Mezzo constructed according to principles of linear and architectural elegance. Built of local materials, lava and stone, Feudo di Mezzo is the perfect synthesis of contemporary architectural design and the traditions of the district.

A few kilometres from the winery of Feudo di Mezzo, in the Castiglione di Sicilia district, guests can visit the vineyards of Sciara Nuova and Montelaguardia, walking along the footpaths which wind round the sides of the volcano.

Visiting a winery and its vineyards is the best way to appreciate its wines. This spring the guests of Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo will be able to visit the brand new Planeta winery together with the wine experts from the Etna Winelab and explore the rich tradition of Sicily’s sun-kissed and imitable wines and foods around this area. The tour features exclusive tastings at the Planeta Sciara Nuova winery and a stroll through the vineyards, the secret garden and the production for a comprehensive immersion in the traditions and innovations present on Mount Etna.

Information:
Alessandra Lo Re
Pr Manager Area Sicily
alessandra.lore@belmond.com
+39 366 6469717

Photos and videos of the experiences available at www.belmondpress.it and ww.belmond.com/media-centre

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From grape to glass-winery tours with the Circumetnea

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