Riposto, Italy

A Sicilian Wine Odyssey

with Benjamin N.

Benjamin N.

Have you ever walked along the edge of an active volcano with a glass of world-class wine in our hand? Now you can! Indulge your senses in one of Europe’s most ancient and dynamic grape-growing regions – Mount Etna. Tour ancient palaces, vineyards, and wineries while enjoying the wines that make this part of Sicily so unique. Enjoy personalized wine tastings with producers in the vineyards where the wines are grown, or make your way up to the top of Mount Etna in a day. Our trips in Sicily are flexible and fun!

The Alcantra Valley

Entering Sicily's Alcantara Valley at Fiumifreddo, your tour begins at the base of the Nebrodi Mountain Range in the Mount Etna and Alcantara nature reserves. Enjoy visiting the historic lava-stone cities and taste the local wines with some of the best wine producers in Piemonte Etna, Linguaglossa, Passopisciaro, and Solicchiata.

Randazzo

Arrive at a two-hundred year-old palace and wine estate in Randazzo for a tour of the centuries-old vineyards, olive groves, and the estate's restored historic palmento (press

Traditional Sicilian Cooking Course

While staying at the palace, learn to prepare the elements of a traditional Sicilian meal with a professional chef. Following the cooking portion of the class, enjoy the meal you prepared with some of the world’s most intriguing wines made from Nerello Mascalese and other grape varieties found only on Mount Etna.

Life on A Volcano

From Randazzo, travel a short distance into the UNESCO-protected Mount Etna Park. Slow down and get drawn in to the unique flora and fauna of Mount Etna before climbing to the top of Europe's tallest, most-active volcano.

Top of the World

On the top of Mount Etna the world disappears. Witness the birth of new earth and paradise below as the wind whips through your hair as you raise a glass of Sicily’s most distinctive wines.

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Benjamin N.

<strong>Benjamin Spencer</strong> is a winemaker, sommelier, journalist, and a communications specialist living in Sicily, on Mount Etna – Europe's largest and most-active volcano.<br><br>He knows the mountain and the landscape, the local wines, the best foods, and a few good jokes. <strong>MORE ABOUT THIS INSIDER</strong> After receiving a degree in Writing from the <a href="http://www.naropa.edu" target="_blank"><strong>Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University</strong></a>, Ben pursued an apprenticeship in the California wine business. Over the course of ten years, he worked as a winemaker for some of California’s most sought-after artisan and internationally traded brands. In addition to his professional career, Ben has studied Viticulture, Enology, and Wine Theory with the University of California at Davis, the Court of Master Sommeliers, and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). In 2011 Ben achieved a Diploma of Wines and Spirits from the WSET. After working as a sommelier at <a href="http://auberginecarmel.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Aubergine</strong></a>, in 2008, Ben launched <a href="http://www.LeojamiWines.com" target="_blank"><strong>Leojami Wines</strong></a> in California. Leojami (pronounced LAY-oh-jah-MEE) products are frequently hailed by experts and critics. Other wineries with which Ben is working or has worked closely include <a href="http://www.levignebiondi.it" target="_blank"><strong>Azienda Agricola Biondi</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.Bernardus.com" target="_blank"><strong>Bernardus</strong></a> (Assistant Winemaker – 10 years). In 2011, Ben founded <a href="http://www.AmericanWineWriter.com" target="_blank"><strong>AmericanWineWriter.com</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.AmericanWinemaker.com" target="_blank"><strong>AmericanWinemaker.com</strong></a> to catalog and promote his wine studies and consulting services. In 2012, Ben moved to Sicily and launched an innovative wine education center, <a href="http://www.EtnaWineSchool.com" target="_blank"><strong>The Etna Wine School</strong></a>. His novel, <strong>Honey Rider</strong>, is available by <a href="http://www.ShallowMidwestBlues.Tumblr.com"><strong>CLICKING HERE</strong></a> and through most online book sellers. His other writing has been featured in Barfly, Trouble, Signatures, <a href="http://www.mutineermagazine.com" target="_blank">Mutineer</a>, <a href="http://www.IntoWine.com" target="_blank">IntoWine<a/>, <a href="http://www.CadillacCicatrix.org" target="_blank">CadillacCicatrix</a>, and <a href="http://www.WineDogs.com" target="_blank">WineDogs</a>. Full profile Leave a Review


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