Etna Urban Winery

We want to bring the Etna Wine making and tasting into an urban environment keeping the historical connection between winemaking and terroir.

 

Our winery adds diversity to the outer fringes of Catania City – Sicily, an area which has historically produced wine at the feet of Mount Etna

 

 Our story begins in 1790 when our ancestors founded the ancient winery, that was abandoned after 200 years of operations. In 2018, 8 cousins decided to restart the family tradition, planting young vines of autochthonous varieties, with first harvest in September 2021

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Etna Urban Winery gives the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the history of Etna wine making in Sicily, to visit an urban vineyard, to learn about the territory and to taste four Etna wines in a unique historical urban environment.

The experience

Vineyard trail

Walk an urban vineyard at your own pace while discovering dry stone walls and an old domed building, soon to be renovated. You will walk through one of the few oak forests still in the area (now protected) and an olive grove.

Gourmet tasting

Enjoy and experience the quality of the wines born on the slopes of Mount Etna, from our partners wineries, along with a selection of gourmet food created by the outstanding local chef Carlo Sichel. The partner wineries include Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Masseria Setteporte, Cantina Russo, Famiglia Statella, Tenuta di Fessina and Murgo

History

Learn about the traditional way to produce wine in Sicily. You will visit our 17th century Palmento (winery) that is host to two 10,000-litre wooden barrels and an old wine press that was once able to process around 8 tons of grapes!

Relax

Face the difficult choice of whether to relax around a lovely Sicilian courtyard, surrounded by our collection of succulents and hydrangeas, or lay down while looking at Etna Mountain and enjoying the summer breeze. Do not worry – both options include an exquisite and refreshing glass of wine.

Children

Let the children have their own fun by looking for different stone animals made by a local artist. We have hidden them around the winery along the adult’s track so look up and down to help them find them. Ask for the details at the entrance of the winery.

Packages with guided tour starting at 9.30am

Packages

Tour and tasting with food pairings

  • Tour of the urban vineyards
  • Tour of the  1790 Palmento (historical winery)
  • Tasting journey with four Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef (optional main course add-on after the tasting – mention in booking notes)
  • Arrive at 9.30 for registration
Price per person (online price only)

€48

Packages with self-guided tour starting at 12.00pm and 1pm

Packages

Lunch and self-tour

  • Lunch with starter and two main courses (as per fixed weekly menu – not customizable)
  • Option to self-tour of the  1790 Palmento (historical winery) and urban vineyards between 12 and 14.30 (no guide)
  • Lunch will be served at 13
Price per person (online price only)

€30

Packages

Tasting with food pairing

  • Tasting journey with four Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef
  • Possibility to add a main course to transform the tasting into lunch (10 euro additional cost)
  • Arrive at 11.30 for registration and quick introduction
Price per adult (15 Euro optional kids’ menu to be paid at the venue)

€40

Packages with guided tour starting at 5pm

Packages

Sunset tour and tasting with food pairing

  • Tour of the urban vineyards
  • Tour of the  1790 Palmento (historical winery)
  • Tasting journey with four Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef
  • Possibility to add main course after the tasting (10 euro) and kids’ menu (15 euro) to be mention in the booking notes
  • Arrive at 16.45
Price per adult (15 Euro optional kids’ menu to be paid at the venue)

€48

Testimonials

What People are Saying

“Different and Urban experience”

For us the Etna Urban Winery has been a different experience from what we have seen in our Etna Tour, Vineyard isn’t only a sweet mountain walk, Vineyard could also be a Urban experience

Blogger “In viaggio tra i filari”

“A virtuous project at the the foot of Mount Etna”

An experience to be done by those who loves the history of a place and modern entrepreneurship seeking sustinability and preservation of the past

Wineblogroll – Francesco Saverio Russo

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Before walking on our hiking trail, please read all the signs at the visitor centre for information and safety precautions. Note that shoes and clothing should be suitable for hiking on terrain such as rock formations and sand.

Cancellation policy

 

Cancellations 72+ hours before: Full refund

Cancellations between 24 and 72 hours: 50% refund

Cancellations within 24 hours: no refund

How to reach us

  • By car, search "Etna Urban Winery" on Google or Apple maps. Do not attempt to search for our street address (will lead you to a wrong place)
  • By Taxi: Best option is Uber, search "Etna Urban Winery" as destination. If not available, pre-book the ride with Social Taxi Catania (whatsapp line +393420736541) and ask for a quote before the ride to triple check the price. One way fare from Catania is around 30 Euro
  • By bus from Catania: For morning tours, take the 8.15 AST bus from Catania Central Station to San Giovanni la Punta. For noon tours, take the 11am ride. For afternoon tours take the 3pm one. Get off at San Giovanni La Punta main square, search "Etna Urban Winery" on Google or Apple maps and walk 15 minutes to the winery. Return buses at 13.35, 14,35 and 15.15 for daytours, and 21.40 for evening tours. Timetable on http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it:8080/

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