Etna Urban Winery

We are located on the picturesque southern slopes of Mount Etna, enveloped in the urban sprawl of the ever-expanding city of Catania on the Italian island of Sicily. As a 100% family-owned business since 1790, we have embarked on a new chapter by defining what it means to be the first Sicilian urban winery.

 

An urban oasis in the heart of the metropolitan area that used to be the center of the wine region, at Etna Urban winery we take pride in our heritage and the beauty of the natural landscape that makes our winemaking operations possible. We take seriously the responsibility to both protect this precious resource and pass on our wine-making traditions to future generations

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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 our urban vineyards with us or at your own pace while discovering dry stone walls and an the bafflng “Cuba di Vigna Grande” (very old domed building). You will also 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 along with a selection of gourmet food created by the outstanding local chef Carlo Sichel. Wine selection includes our “Vigna Grande” IGT Nerello Mascalase as well as wines from partner wineries (e.g. Tenuta delle Terre Nere,  Tenuta di Fessina, Masseria Setteporte, Murgo, Cantina Russo, Famiglia Statella,  Murgo, Eudes and Nicola Gumina)

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.

Awards

  • Etna Urban Winery is an award winning wine experience
      • Travel and Hospitality award 2022 – “Best winery in Sicily” (link)
      • Best wine experience of Mount Etna 2022, Winetourism.com (link)

Search tours and packages available per day

Year-round & Winter packages (November to March)

Winter Packages

Tour and tasting with food pairings
(Start 9.30am // Nov to Mar)

  • Guided tour (in english) of the urban vineyards and of the 1790 Palmento (historical winery)
  • Tasting journey with four Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef (please mention in booking notes any special menu requirement e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten free/other allergies)
  • Tour starts at at 9.30am, tasting will be served at 12pm. Ends at 1.30pm (earlier if no main course is added)
  • Shuttle service available from Catania
Price per person (online price only)

€54

Winter Packages

Sunday brunch
(10am to 1pm // Nov to Mar)

  • Sweet and salty buffet
  • 1 Omelette of choice
  • 1 Hot drink (Espresso, Cappuccino, Americano or Tea)
  • Spa water and mixed juice buvette
  • Possibility to self-tour the urban vineyards and the 1790 Historical Winery
  • Wine tasting available at an extra cost
Price per adult, including buffet, 1 omelets and 1 warm drink
(Kids pay 12 and 5 euro if below 12 and 5 years old respectively. Kids’ price does not include warm drink and include 1 sunny side up egg instead of omelets)

€18

Winter Packages

Tasting with food pairing
(Start 12pm // Nov to Mar)

      • Tasting journey with four Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef (please mention in booking notes any special menu requirement e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten free/other allergies)
      • Possibility to add kids’ menu
      • Possibility to self tour the vineyard trail and the 1790 winery between 11.00am and 2.30pm
      • Arrive at 11.30am for registration and quick introduction. Tasting will be served at 12pm sharp. Ends at 1.30pm (earlier if no main course is added)
Price per person (online price only)

€48

Year-round Packages

Tasting with street food platter (Year round)

  • Tasting of four Etna wines served with a platter of Sicilian street food (non eating babies and childs are free of charge)
  • Possibility to self tour the vineyard trail and the 1790 historical winery 
  • Offered between 11am and 3pm from November to March, and between 3pm and 7pm from April to October
  • Arrive at the time of your booking for registration and quick introduction
Price per adult (non eating babies and child are free of charge)

€40

Summer packages (April to October)

SUMMER PACKAGES

Wine and ceramics
(Start 9.30am // May to October)

 

  • Introduction and mini tour of the urban vineyards to discover our project and collect natural elements to be used in the pottery class
  • 2.5 hours pottery class led by our in-house ceramist: introduction to hand-pottery techniques and preparation of small objects
  • Possibility to fire, glaze and ship the prepare objects to home at an extra cost
  • Full Sicilian lunch with wine tasting included
    Price per adult (non eating babies and child are free of charge)

    €70

    Summer Packages

    Sicilian lunch with wine tasting (1pm // Apr to Oct)

    • Full traditional lunch composed of antipasti (starters) primi (pasta and risotto) and secondo (meat or fish)
    • Tasting of four Etna wines 
    • Possibility to visit the urban vineyards and the 1790 historical family winery after the lunch
    • Arrive at 12.45pm for registration and quick introduction. Lunch will start at 1pm sharp
    • Shuttle service available from Catania
    Price per adult (non eating babies and child are free of charge)

    €45

    Summer Packages

    Sunset tour and tasting with food pairings
    (Start 4.30pm // Apr to Oct)

    • Guided tour (in english) of the urban vineyards and of the 1790 Palmento (historical winery)
    • Tasting journey with four Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef (please mention in booking notes any special menu requirement e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten free/other allergies)
    • Tour starts at at 4.30am, tasting will be served at 7pm. Ends at 8.30pm 
    • Kids menu available
    • Shuttle service available from Catania
    Price per person (online price only)

    €54

    Summer Packages

    Tasting with food pairing
    (Start 7pm // Apr to Oct)

        • Tasting journey with four Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef (please mention in booking notes any special menu requirement e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten free/other allergies)
        • Possibility to add kids’ menu
        • Possibility to self tour the vineyard trail and the 1790 winery before the tasting
        • Arrive at 6.30pm for registration and quick introduction. Tasting will be served at 7pm sharp. Ends at 8.30pm 
    Price per adult (non eating babies and child are free of charge)

    €48

    Special experiences

    Superetna tasting
    (Start 5pm // May to Oct)

     

    • The excellence of the wine region in one private tour. Iconic wines that have or will make history on Etna. Total tour duration 5 hours
    • Introduction of the Etna Urban Winery project, guided visit to the urban vineyard and of the 1790 historical winery led by one of Etna Urban Winery owners.
    • Private tasting of two Etna Urban Winery vintages (2021 and 2022) from an historical viewpoint overlooking the urban vineyards
    • Private viewing and explanation of ancient family documents and images from the first chapter of the family winery (1790 – 1972) 
    • Wine tasting journey of five iconic Etna wines paired with gourmet tapas prepared by our chef. Wines in tasting:
      • Etna Bianco Superiore “Pietramarina”, Benanti, 2018
      • Etna Bianco “A Puddara”, Tenuta di Fessina, 2020
      • IGT Terre Siciliane Sparkling pas dosè “Barone del Murgo”, Murgo, 2011
      • Etna Rosso “San Lorenzo – Piano delle Colombe”, Girolamo Russo, 2020
      • Etna Rosso “Prephylloxera – La Vigna di Don Peppino”, Tenuta delle Terre Nere, 2019

    Accolades

    Cancellation policy

     

    Cancellations 72+ hours before: Full refund

    Cancellations between 24 and 72 hours: 50% refund

    Cancellations within 24 hours: no refund

    Special experiences: non refundable

     

    How to reach us

    • Shuttle service from Catania:  morning ride from November to March, and lunchtime/sunset ride from April to October. Check availabilities on here 
    • 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 (30 minutes ride). For noon tours, take the 11am ride. For sunset tours take the 3.30pm 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 1.35pm, 2.35pm and 3.15pm, 4.40pm and 5.20pm for daytours, and 9.40pm for evening tours. Timetable on http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it:8080/

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