Etna Wine School focuses on Mount Etna as a source of inspiration and historical perspective for the world of wine. We offer innovative enogastronomic experiences for passionate winelovers, those in the trade, and journalists traveling in Sicily, Italy.
We invite you to join us in person or through our new online courses!
Everything about Mount Etna arrives in small measures. Frequent changes in topography, elevation, sunlight, wind, and soils influence the color, aromas, and flavors of a wine, but every neighbor also has an idea of how best to interpret the grapes, terrain, and vintage. This is part of what makes these volcanic wines so exciting. They often escape the cross hairs of precise definition.
Thirty years ago this wasn’t the case. Vineyards growing on the slopes of the volcano Mount Etna were nearly abandoned. Now there are more than one hundred estates making some of the finest wines in the world.
This kind of rapid change doesn’t come easy. In The New Wines of Mount Etna, An Insider’s Guide to the History and Rebirth of a Wine Region, American wine expert Benjamin Spencer explores the practices, history, and joys of making wine on Europe’s largest active volcano.
ABOUT MOUNT ETNA
Born two hundred thousand years ago, the volcano Etna is a rare jewel in contemporary gastronomy. It has been in continuous production of wines and fruits and oils since antiquity. The high quality of wine and food from the territory – Europe’s largest and most active volcano – have only contributed to the wonder of its fertility and power.
ABOUT ETNA WINES
For such an old wine region, Mount Etna is a young wine region by modern standards. Bottled wines have only been produced here for a few short decades, yet the rapidly growing interest in the native varieties grown on the slopes of Europe’s largest and most-active volcano are taking the wine world by storm.
OUR CONSULTING SERVICES
We offer enological advice, and communications programs including: website design, social media programs, Italian-English translations, trade representation at fairs and events, and on-premise staff training.
Contact us with your questions about our services.
VISIT US IN SICILY
TOURING MOUNT ETNA
We offer wine experiences for professionals and enthusiasts. All tours are custom-designed and private unless otherwise communicated. They include various options for vineyard and winery visits, typical Sicilian foods, expert-led education courses, tastings, and transportation. Contact us for general information.
Our Half-Day Courses and Full-Day Courses include expert-led visits to vineyards, wineries, and other unique settings on Mount Etna. For those interested in experiences longer than our Two-Day Course, we are able to create multi-day programs on request. You can Contact Us here.
STYLIZED WINE COURSES
Do you love sparkling wines or natural wines? Or maybe you like sweet wines or wines grown on volcanic craters? We have one course designed specifically for those interested in vintage variations and other experiences dedicated exclusively to grape varieties or old vines. Whatever your passion, we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is ask.
FOOD + WINE
We’ve done our research, partly because it’s our job, but mostly because we love this place. Our Food + Wine experience combines traditional Catanese cuisine and wine from Mount Etna for an in-depth exploration of Eastern Sicily. Each class is presented with our partners, on location in their kitchens and laboratories. Courses include tastings or how-to experiences with a lunch and something to drink. Contact us to request this experience.
VOLCANO + WINE
We know you’re curious. We are too. Some times understanding Etna wines means you have to go to the source. This course goes off-road and up craters before we even arrive at the winery for a wine-pairing lunch and tour of the facility. If you’re up for it (we know you are) send us a flare and we’ll get you there.
GOLF + SPA + WINE
Sicily is all known for its ability to help visitors relax. For some of us, that means a round of golf before lunch, or a couple of hours in the spa. When you’re done, we’re have a light wine-pairing lunch followed by a relaxing walk through the vines and a tour of the winery. Let us know if you would like to experience this version of paradise.
ETNA FROM ABOVE
Most of the accounts of Mount Etna are from the ground, looking up. We offer the unique opportunity to see the mountain from above. Over the course of our thirty-minute helicopter flight, we can see every contrada, the lava flows and villages, the sea and the Italian Peninsula (weather providing). After landing, we continue our experience in the vineyards and wineries responsible for etna’s wine renaissance. Do you feel like flying? Contact us to reserve your flights.
+ WINE TASTING
The Circumetnea train once served the vineyards and wineries of Mount Etna as a means to bring their products to the historic Port of Riposto and the City of Catania. Today, the train serves as a conduit between the past and present. Travel with us, through the lava fields and small historic towns of Mount Etna. This tour includes luxury transportation, winery and vineyard visits, and a guided wine tasting paired with seasonal Sicilian foods. Contact us to request this experience.
The Etna Wine School™ offers innovative educational programs for winelovers, and innovative services for leisure travel and group planners. Included in this brochure is a listing of courses, a la carte services for destination management companies, consulting opportunities for wineries, and material about Mount Etna and its wines.
We look forward to seeing you in Sicily!