Jul 09

Taormina and Gambino Winery

by in Sicilian Trips, Wineries


 

We took a trip that included the town of Taormina and a nearby winery, Gambino Winery.  We have heard nothing but good things about Taormina from several people so we were looking forward to seeing it ourselves.  Taormina is about 20 minutes north of where we live.  Below are a some photos to give you a feel of the setting.

Taormina with Mt. Etna in the background

 

Aerial pic of Taormina showing the cliffsides that helped protect the city from numerous attacks

Isola Bella right below Taormina

Main square in Taormina

After touring Taormina we both felt as though it is the "La Jolla" of the Catania Sicily area.  Very clean, picturesque, and expensive.  It was easy to see why Taormina is the most popular tourist destination in Sicily.  I have more pictures that I will put into the flickr photo account that you can access from the homepage.
After Taormina we went onto Gambino winery for some wine tasting and lunch.

HUGE table setup for wine tasting

Great cheeses and salami. My favorite was the smoked ricotta (the bottom cheese in the pic) and the pecorino (the left cheese)

Gambino Winery wine tasting. Great location with great view.

 
The wines were very good and we ended up buying a few bottles of our favorites.  Our favorites were 2 reds Alicante and Cantari (Nero d'avola grape).  There is more info on the Gambino website and you can even order their wine online:  http://www.vinigambino.it/e_index.html

Taormina hitchhikers

It was a great trip.  We met some nice people and sampled a great variety of the wines offered in Sicily... what more can you ask?  We will definitely be coming back to Taormina and Gambino Winery.  Its great that they are both relatively close to where we are living here in Sicily.
Ciao!
Here are more pictures from our other camera:
 



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11 Responses to “Taormina and Gambino Winery”

  1. From Dtfennell:

    Good job on this Nick. Love the produce truck shot and Taormina does remind us of La Jolla. Fancy can’t get over the formal wine tasting table…Molto bello. SHE LOVES YOUR COUPLE PHOTO!!!

    Posted on October 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm #
  2. From Scott:

    Mind blowing review!

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm #
    • From Nick:

      Your cracking me up Scott… glad you enjoyed..ha. 🙂

      Posted on December 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm #
  3. From Karina:

    Great pictures of Taormina Nick! Makes me want to pay it a visit!

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm #
    • From Nick:

      Karina,
      We were just up there a week ago and it is really nice during the off season. Plus its real festive right now with the holidays. Auguri!

      Posted on December 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm #
  4. From Joseph Migliorini:

    Would like to order a case of wine from Gambino Winery

    Posted on February 25, 2016 at 12:37 pm #
    • From Nick:

      Wish i could help you Joseph! Maybe I should start a new wine import/export business?

      Posted on February 26, 2016 at 10:45 pm #
      • From Paul:

        Hi Nick,

        The wine tasting tour is suitable for family with kids?

        Posted on March 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm #
        • From Nick:

          Definitely Paul! All the wineries have been very welcoming of children. Gambino has updated their tasting area since this post and its much larger and has a lot of open space for kids inside and out.

          Posted on March 2, 2016 at 7:24 pm #
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