Showing posts from January, 2017

Fischetti Winery

The wine industry in Sicily has been going through a period of rapid change over the past twenty years. The popularity and prestige of Sicilian wine is rapidly on the rise. One of the best experiences in Sicily is wine tasting in a winery on the slopes of Mount Etna. Nestled on the North-Eastern side of Mount Etna you will find the small family run Fischetti Winery. Dating back to the early 800’s the winery is an ancient millstone at the foot of Mount Etna in the district of Moscamento at Castiglione di Sicilia which has undergone a patient restructuring and recovery by the Fischetti family, whose aim was to restore the old charm with a modern feel. The enclosed estate is situated around 650 metres above sea level and was built entirely on lava stone. The traditional sapling plantation allows exclusive manual workmanship throughout the year. The vineyard is composed exclusively by indigenous vines of Mount Etna, the vines are on average 80 years old and have num

Mount Etna by Jeep with Tripping Sicily

There are many things to see and experience when you visit Sicily. The most requested excursion on the island is to the volcano Mount Etna. Mount Etna is the largest and most active volcano in Europe and its awesome presence dominates eastern Sicily. The volcano has several vast craters and a height of 3,330 metres. To the Greeks it was home to Hephaestus the god of fire who used the volcanoes flames and lava to forge Zeus’s thunderbolts. To the Arabs it was known as Mongibello (Mountain of Mountains). Today the Parco dell’Etna encompasses much of the volcano, encouraging locals to produce wine, cheese, honey and fruit in the rich lava soil. For visitors Mount Etna offers breath taking views and great hiking. The most exhilarating way to discover Mount Etna is to take an off-road jeep excursion. In October last year my friend Simona of Tripping Sicily invited myself and my husband plus Daisy our dog on a day trip up to Etna by jeep followed by wine tasting in