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.
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.
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
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.
Here are more pictures from our other camera: