Depart from Messina on a scenic drive to one of the most spectacular estates in the Etna region. This region is characterized by a microclimate with frigid winters and temperate summers, abundant rainfall and a wide temperature range. These conditions are in contrast with those of the rest of Sicily, which is generally drier and hotter. These climatic conditions influence the maturation of the grapes and flavor of the local wines. The particular taste of Etna wine is due to the lava soil, which is rich in potassium and mineral salts.
You'll visit the San Michele Estate, whose winery and cellars are situated in an ancient, traditional Etna-style building. The estate's 62 acres of vineyards are in a single area, distributed across large terraces. The varieties of grapes cultivated are those synonymous with the region: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Mantellato, Caricante and Cataratto. The flavor of the wine is only rivaled by the beauty of the surroundings, which includes magnificent Mt. Etna towering up to its summit at 11,000 feet.
After visiting the estate, you'll drive back to the ship, enjoying a brief stop for photos at the 1992 lava flows.
Please note: A moderate amount of walking is required; wear suitable footwear. The winery visit involves 45 minutes of walking with approximately 30 steps to negotiate at the wine cellar