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The Routes of Wine

Starting with the province of Palermo, following the way of the Monreale DOC, that is 16.000 hectares of vineyards where the Catarratto is sure the king. The DOC produced by these hills are the Contea di Sclafani, the Contessa Entellina and the Monreale, whose name sure remember the nice little Norman town with its very famous Cathedral.
The Alcamo doc route stretches looking at west, including the DOC of Erice and that of Marsala (Terre d'Occidente and Val di Mazara). This is the province (that one of Trapani) with more vineyards in Italy. It's really an area where tasting something step by step, from the splendid medieval Erice, to the saltpans reserve up to the Dancing Satyr in Mazara del Vallo. So many wines are produced here to remember all of them in this small space.
Following the curve that leads to the bank of the Canale di Sicilia, here it is the Strada del Vino Terre Sicane, in the province of Agrigento, where the oenological culture could be esteemed as draft for the economy of that area, with the valley of the temples as background. The DOC are also those ones of Santa Margherita di Belýce, Sambuca di Sicilia, Menfi and Contessa Entellina.
Going inside the heart of the island, you can get the Strada del Vino dei Castelli Nisseni, where the famous Nero d'Avola vine is situated together with the archaeological area of Morgantina, Piazza Armerina and Sperlinga with its beautiful castle. The DOC is that one of Riesi. As famous as the Nero nisseno, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria signs the Strada del Vino del Val di Noto, with the baroque capitals of Noto and Modica, just to say a couple. Syracuse is a real enchantment, above all if you "taste" it together with the homonymous Moscato.
Close to the scene of the south east Sicilian vertex, the Etna rises, its wine route leads at the slopes of the volcano. It's a special climate, a fertile ground made by fire and lava for the unique vines as the Carricante, white and endemic. We are inside the Etna Park: besides the wine, it's the beauty of a corner of nature really uncontaminated.
From the hard volcanic ground to the sweet slope of the Aeolian island. To finish the oenological tour with the wine routes of Messina province, from the city of the strait up to the seven sisters of the Mediterranean sea. The DOC of Faro or the new one of Mamertino go with the unmistakable taste of Malvasia up to the open sea. This is as warm and full of passion as Sicily.