This is only an example of a wine holiday package in Southern Sicily. Our wine tours are entirely tailor-made to suit visitors' preferences, they can be shorter or longer depending on their needs. Please contact us to design your own bespoke wine tour. These are just some ideas to help you get inspired:
Day 1: Palermo
Arrive by plane or boat!
Palermo stretches along a beautiful bay on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Founded by the Phoenicians in the VII and VIII centuries B.C., it enjoyed a period of immense prosperity after the Arabs conquered the city in 831. Discover the city’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces.
Check into your hotel for the first night of your Sicilian experience.
Our local expert will have booked a hotel for you and will be more than happy to recommend a restaurant based upon your personal preference from unique modern options to traditional Sicilian cuisine.
Depending upon your arrival time you can discover the ancient town of Palermo at your leisure, or with a guide to talk and walk you through the history of the city. Visit the city's main sights, including the Norman section, Quattro Canti di Città (the Four Corners of the City), Palermo's extravagant baroque square and the twelfth-century Duomo (Cathedral).
Day 2: Full immersion in ancient history
There are more ancient Greek ruins in Sicily than in Greece!
Your private car and driver will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Valley of the Temples, which you can explore on foot, or on horse back with lunch at a local restaurant or a picnic in the spectacular green oasis of the Kolymbetra Gardens.
If you have a sweet tooth you might prefer a visit and cooking class at Marzipan, the Almond museum, where you can learn how to prepare local delicacies and traditional Sicilian dishes or enjoy a special lunch while you watch the experts cook.
Transfer to your home for the next three nights: the ancient Wine Relais Feudi del Pisciotto, a unique wine resort with 10 spacious rooms created in the old buildings with wonderful views of the reserve del Pisciotto, the richest forest of cork oaks on the island.
Tonight, sample the Sicilian gourmet cuisine of Il Palmento Restaurant at Feudi del Pisciotto, serving authentic local cuisine with gourmet accents in a spectacular setting of elegant salons and dining rooms and a terrace overlooking the vineyards. Your menus will be paired with the award-winning Feudi wines.
Day 3: Explore the vineyards of Feudi del Piscotto on a Wine Safari
The vineyard agronomist will drive you through the vines in a jeep, to discover the vineyard, which borders the Pisciotto Reserve, rich in cork oaks and hundreds of different wood species. The diverse vineyard is planted with native varieties (from Nero d'Avola to Frappato) and international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet, or Pinot Noir. Semillon and Gewürztraminer are used to produce an exceptional passito wine.
After the vines you will visit the Feudi del Pisciotto winery where ancient meets modern. This “Palmento” is unique in Sicily by its imposing size, restored saving the existing structure; the Palmento is directly connected to the modern cellar.
In the tasting room, with its transparent floor over the barrel room, taste the wide Feudi del Pisciotto’s wine range, starting from the award-winning Grandi Stilisti collection with labels designed by top Italian fashion designers, as Versace, Missoni, Blumarine or Alberta Ferretti, ending with the new sparkling rosé Davolarosa made with Nero d’Avola.
Spend a relaxing 'wellness' afternoon at Feudi del Pisciotto. The on-site spa is the ideal place to pamper your body and soul.
Learn the secrets of Sicilian cuisine in the Kitchen School of Il Palmento restaurant, conducted in collaboration with Le Cirque New York, under the expert guidance of resident Chef Jerry Termini. Here, you will unveil the thread that links the style of the renowned Le Cirque restaurant to the authenticity of the Sicilian and Mediterranean recipes, discover the secrets of local ingredients and the culinary heritage left by the Greeks, Arabs, Turks and Normans.
Your guide will be happy to recommend a relaxed local waterfront restaurant should you wish to leave the estate this evening.
Day 4: Discover the secrets of the South of the island
Transfer to the heart of the Noto Valley, to the Feudo Maccari, an ancient baroque estate surrounded by olive and almond trees. Here, amongst 170 hectares of land, 50 are vineyards cultivated in the traditional way.
Your guided visit of the vineyards will explain this “albarello” concept, the soils and the climate and how they all influence the wines. Taste a range of wines made from Nero d’Avola grapes, including the estate’s flagship wine Saia, with typical Sicilian appetizers.
Lunch will be served at the Planeta Buonivini Estate, where Nero d'Avola and Moscato Bianco are grown to make the Santa Cecilia DOC Noto and Passito di Noto DOC in the "Invisible Wine Cellar".
Enjoy your holiday’s last dinner at Feudi del Pisciotto.
Day 5: Departure
After a leisurely breakfast return to Palermo or to Catania for your departure.
This marks the end of our suggested 4-day wine holiday package in Southern Sicily. Contact our local travel expert to customize a wine holiday to your needs and preferences.