• Marla

3 More Worthy Mt. Etna Vineyards

Updated: Sep 30, 2019


Mt Etna vineyards

In one of our recent posts, we wrote about three great wineries near Sicily鈥檚 volcano, Mt. Etna. But since there are about 140 wineries on and near Mt. Etna, no need to limit your experience to just three of them. Here are three more Mt. Etna vineyards that we recommend. Just don鈥檛 try to visit all six in one day!


Our guide for this excursion from Taormina was the very knowledgeable Alex, through Experience Taormina. This tour was a bit different from our wine tastings with Prestelli Sicily Tours; this time we enjoyed tastings at two Mt. Etna vineyards and then a tour and a full course lunch at the third vineyard.


1. Cottanera


Cottanera, in operation since 1960, is in Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northeast slope of Mt. Etna.

Mt. Etna vineyards

Cottanera makes it a priority to hire women, which the the owners say are more gentle with the grapes.


The winery also claims that many of its female employees are able to pass wine harvesting knowledge down from generation to generation, allowing families to develop skills and expertise.


We tasted:


路 Etna DOC Bianco, 100% Carricanti 馃槉

路 Fatagione, made with Nerello Mascalese, Merlot and Shiraz 馃槉




2. Tenuta di Fessina


Tenuta di Fessina is a woman-owned winery in Castiglione di Sicilia. We toured its 17th century buildings and saw its centuries-old wine making equipment. The winery places grass around the vines to provide natural irrigation, because automated irrigation is not allowed on Mt. Etna; it would artificially change the area鈥檚 micro-climate.


We tasted:


路 Erse Rosato, a ros茅 made with Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio 陆 馃槉

路 Laeneo, a red made with 100% Cappuccio 馃槉+

路 Il Musmeci, an Etna Rosso DOC Reserva, made with 100% Nerello Mascalese and which pays tribute to the Musmeci family, which formerly owned the winery 馃槉馃槉

3. Fischetti


Fischetti is another woman-owned winery in Castiglione di Sicilia. The vineyard we toured was also full of a wide variety of beautiful fruit trees. We had a delicious locally-sourced lunch in a farmhouse that was hundreds of years old. We were served tomatoes, salumi, olives, two types of cheeses, sausages, grilled meat on a skewer, and pistachios.

Lunch was paired with:


路 Muscamento Etna Bianco, the classic Etna white, made with Catarratto Bianco and Carricante 馃槉

路 Muscamento Etna Rosso, the classic Etna red, with made with Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio 馃槉馃槉

We hope these recommendations on Mt. Etna vineyards were helpful as you plan your trip to Sicily. The region鈥檚 history is unique, its wines wonderful. And if you want to toast like a Sicilian, say Cin Cin!


Have any suggestions or feedback? Don鈥檛 hesitate to send us a message at info@winewithourfamily.com.


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