Spring 2016 Sicilian Food and Wine Tour

Uncork Mount Etna
Spring 2016 Sicilian Wine and Food Tour

Take a close look at the exploding wine scene on Sicily’s iconic volcano, Mount Etna, and experience the excitement first hand. In fabulous and unique settings, and with knowledgeable guides, including the winemakers themselves, enjoy the best pairing of the region’s wine and food. Explore the sights in this stunning area of northeast Sicily so you come away with an appreciation for Sicily’s Mount Etna region, and why it is the source of endless fascination.

Spring 2016 Uncork Mount Etna

Experience the Volcano Through its Wine, Food, and Culture: A tour for enthusiasts, fun loving curious travelers, and those interested in unique experiences.

Immerse yourself in this experience for the senses and let me tell you a story about Sicily, a place that is both fascinatingly otherworldly and vibrantly alive and relevant. From the vantage point of Mount Etna, we will experience the great mosaic of Sicily's history and its people. Here, on the ancient volcano, is where everything began, inspiring myth and legend, and where wine and food have always been protagonists.

“No poem was ever written about water.” - Horace

We will hear the stories, and learn about the evolution and revolution, as it is reflected in every glass of wine we taste, paired together with the region’s exceptional food. You will be embraced by Etna's generosity and enchanted by winemakers who, with deep passion and heart, lend personal expression to their wines. Surrounded by breathtaking panoramas, you will taste how nature, history, and passion converge into these unique, delicious, and increasingly popular wines, and how this enviably fertile volcano gives us so many exceptional things to eat.

Sicily is an idea. This island, the largest, most strategically placed island in the Mediterranean, fertile and achingly beautiful, attracted more than a dozen conquering peoples over the millennia. They each brought their own ideas, from agriculture to urban planning, and left their mark, like waves crashing on the shores. In agriculture and food, architecture and art, festivals and traditions, in the language itself, Sicily is the ultimate melting-pot, full of fascinating contrasts.On this tour we will enjoy diverse and interesting wine experiences with people who have been on the volcano for generations and others who are recent arrivals. We will partake in one-of-a-kind meals, and visit historical sights from every step of the historical way.

I invite you to come see, taste, and experience for yourself.

“There is more philosophy in a bottle of wine than in all the books in the world.” - Ernest Hemingway

Please contact La RosaWorks for a full itinerary and booking information.


Day 1 - Monday, May 30
  • Mid-day arrival into Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport
  • Transfer to Catania on your own
  • Welcome drinks at an historic enoteca
  • Dinner at a restaurant known for its inspirational food
Day 2 - Tuesday, May 31
  • Guided walking tour of Catania
  • Introduction to street food Catanese style and lunch
  • Sommelier introduction to the wines of Sicily, tasting and learning
  • Dinner with the sommelier
Day 3 - Wednesday, June 1
  • Guided tour of Mount Etna, its craters and forest
  • Guided tour, tasting and lunch at a very historic winery on the eastern slopes
  • Dessert in a quintessential fishing port on the Riviera dei Ciclopi
  • Dinner on your own
Day 4 - Thursday, June 2
  • Day trip to Taormina
  • Visit the Greek Theater and leisure time to explore this stunning town
  • Lunch on your own
  • Dinner at one of Catania’s best pizzerias
Day 5 -Thursday, June 3
  • Morning visit and guided tour of Castiglione di Sicili
  • Lunch on your own
  • Hotel check-in
  • Vineyard walk with the family and dinner at a new generation winery
Day 6 - Friday, June 4
  • Morning immersion into the traditions of Sicily, inlcuding a small museum visit and cheese tasting
  • Lunch in the vineyard of a newcomer, an award winning estate run by women
  • Visit spectacular Alcantarà Gorge
  • Dinner on your own
Day 7 - Saturday, June 5

  • Morning visit to Randazzo’s market 
  • A unique tasting experience from an excellent producer, offering depth to what you have already learned about Etna wines
  • Take away lunch at Randazzo’s best enoteca market and time to explore
  • Farewell dinner and very special concert in an historic wine cave.
Day 8 - Sunday, June 6
  • Transfer to Catania airport for mid-day flights

Cost & Booking

Total cost per person is $3595. A $500 deposit is required to register. Please contact for payment details.

Not included in the tour: Airfare, travel insurance (strongly recommended), personal expenses, and meals not specified. This itinerary is subject to minor changes and adjustment.

Your deposit will be completely refunded if arrangements cannot be confirmed or the tour is cancelled for unforeseen circumstances. Your deposit is refundable up until final payment is due, prior to which you will receive an invoice.

For further information, please contact:
Karen La Rosa at or call 917.225.8415

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Space is limited.
Please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

At A Glance

Tour Dates

May 30th through June 6th, 2016

What Is Included

  • 4 nights accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Catania’s historic center
  • 3 nights accommodation at one of Mt. Etna’s best historic properties
  • All breakfasts
  • 9 meals with regional wine; highly rated restaurants and unique dining experiences
  • 7 unique wine experiences including visits to diverse wineries, unique tasting opportunities and experiences
  • Conversations with winemakers, sommeliers, and guides
  • Day trips to Catania, Taormina, Mount Etna, and Etna towns, including Randazzo
  • Private transportation for our group
  • Wine education materials
  • Select reading list and other materials

Tour Cost

Total cost per person is $3595.


The number of participants on this tour is limited.

We will traverse Mount Etna's wine road.

Ancient vines and young vines dot the hills

En route to your glass

Etna is lava black and yet alive with the colors of its mineral content

Historically where wine was made, a ‘palmento’ features 2 sets of stairs

Dionysus, AKA Bacchus, God of Wine, Winemaking, and the Grape Harvest


“You are an amazing planner and organizer and gave us so many adventures and tastes of the multi-layered, multi-sensory Sicily. It made the trip so special and it was a peak experience for me. Sicily is a jewel-- a fertile land, fascinating cultural history, and the people are so colorful and warm. Karen led a seamless tour.”
- Rita L.

“Behind all the talent, you are very genuine, and it really shines thru all you do.”
- Palma C.

“Thank you for an absolutely amazing experience in Sicily.”
- Helen S.

“Thank you for your sensitive leadership, vision, and love of Sicily.”
- Marianne B.

“I am thankful for our time on that beautiful island and for Karen and Rita… perfection.”
- Ann K.

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