A new winery! By new winery I mean one of the oldest wineries on Sicily, but new for us. Now that I have you thoroughly confused lets talk about wine! haha. Its been a while since we did a winery tour and the timing couldn’t be better. Spring has started to show itself and we are getting sporadic sunny and 70 days. Luckily we hit one of the good days for this tasting. Also this time we had a good group of friends that joined us. I randomly threw the idea out there a couple weeks ago and everyone else must have been feeling the itch as well because we ended up being 21 strong!! Look out… 21 Americans & Sicilians climbing Mt. Etna to a winery for a fun filled wino day. Sounds like a movie plot or something… Well maybe just a short film.. 😎
Patria winery is about an hour drive from Aci Castello. The climb up the mountain is a great experience with awesome views all around you. I should rephrase that… its a great experience for everyone except for the driver. Because as the driver you want to see all the views and sights, but your only view is usually your rear view mirror as you watch a local Italian attempt to basically attach his car to your rear bumper. 😕
Claudia was our guide at Patria winery and she did a great job of herding us all around the different areas. The areas included all the usual barrel rooms, wine lab, and bottling room. Patria does have some uniqueness with an outdoor ampitheater and actual volcanic lava rock walls in the cellars. The tour was great, but we were all ready for some vino & lunch!!
They had a big table setup for us and the menu was solid Siciliano. Overall it was a great experience with everyone. The food was great and I took a bunch of pictures below. I especially liked the Pasta all Norma that they made us. I’ve had a lot of Pasta alla Normas out here, but this was in the top 3. We also had 5 different wines throughout the meal that were paired logically. We also started out with the Brut that they make, which was very good. The wines didn’t knock my socks off, but I did have some favorites in the bunch. We had their: Nero d’Avola, Etna Rosso, Cabernet, Etna Bianco, and their vintage 2001 Etna Rosso. The Nero d’Avola and the 2001 bottle were my favorites of the bunch, while I was also surprised by the Bianco. If you like super super dry wines you should try their Etna Rosso… its probably the dryest wine that I have had on the island thus far…. Holy cow was it dry! Jess and I have a saying that we got from her brother…”feels like the wine put a sweater on my tongue” 🙂
Im going to try to keep the winery tours going. There are so many wineries on this island that we could keep pretty occupied for a while. No winery will go undiscovered!! Watch out the Americani are coming.
Link to the Patria wine website: http://www.vinipatria.it/defaultEng.asp