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, Murgo, Eudes

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

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

Packages with guided tour starting at 9.30am

Tour and tasting with food pairings

  • 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)
  • Possibility to add main course after the tasting (Euro 11), mention in booking notes
  • Possibility to add kids’ menu costing 15 euro – mention in booking notes (non eating babies are free of charge)
  • 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, click here

Packages

Price per person (online price only)

€54

Packages with self-guided tour starting at 12.00pm

Packages

Tasting with food pairing and self-tour

  • 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 main course after the tasting (Euro 11), mention in booking notes
  • Possibility to add kids’ menu costing 15 euro – mention in booking notes (non eating babies are free of charge)
  • 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 adult (15 Euro optional kids’ menu to be paid at the venue)

€48

Packages with self-guided tour starting between 3pm and 5pm

Packages

Tasting, street food platter and self tour

  • 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 between 3pm and 6pm
  • 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

Packages with guided tour starting at 5pm

Packages

Sunset tour and tasting with food pairing

  • 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)
  • Possibility to add main course of the day after the tasting (Euro 11) – mention in booking notes
  • Possibility to add kids’ menu costing 15 euro – mention in booking notes (non eating babies are free of charge)
  • Tour starts at 5pm, tasting will be served at 7.15pm. Ends at 9.00pm (earlier if no main course is added)
  • Shuttle service available from Catania, click here
Price per adult (15 Euro optional kids’ menu to be paid at the venue)

€54

Packages with self-guided tour starting at 6.30pm

Packages

Sunset tasting with food pairings and self tour

  • 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 main course of the day after the tasting (Euro 11) – mention in booking notes
  • Possibility to add kids’ menu costing 15 euro – mention in booking notes (non eating babies are free of charge)
  • Possibility to self tour the vineyard trail and the 1790 winery between 6.00pm and 7.15pm (start of the tasting)
  • Arrive between 6.00pm and 7pm for registration and quick introduction. Tasting will be served at 7.15pm sharp. Ends at 9pm (earlier if no main course is added)
    Price per person (online price only)

    €48

    Special experiences

    Non-ordinary experiences that require the involvement of some special persons or ad-hoc preparation, hence cannot be booked overnight. Contact us to request ad hoc quote and availability for a specific day or week.

    Special experiences

    Superetna tasting

    • 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
    Price per adult

    Ad hoc quotation

    SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

    Wine and ceramics

    • Introduction and mini tour of the urban vineyards to discover our project and collect natural elements to be used in the pottery class
    • 4-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 
    • Light lunch (entree platter + main course + glass of wine) included
      Price per person

      Ad Hoc quotation

      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: 1 ride per day between June 15th and September 30th (upon availability, booking required).  Click here for more info and bookings
      • 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 or 1pm ride. For afternoon 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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