When most people think of a wine-centered getaway or destination, certain locations inevitably come to mind: Provence, Napa, Tuscany, Bordeaux, perhaps Chile or even Temecula. Every year, though, the world’s wine regions grow, so really, new wine destinations are popping up all over the globe. South Africa, Virginia, Switzerland and Israel are all making great names for themselves with the wines each country is producing. So, what’s the next big place for wine lovers?
How about Sicily?
Sun-soaked Sicily. The largest island on the Mediterranean Sea is much more than the birthplace of Vito Corleone. Home of Mt. Etna, Teatro Massimo (the largest opera house in Italy), spectacular Greek (yes, Greek) ruins, black sand beaches and timeless cuisine… but wine? When I think of Sicilian wines, my mind goes to jugs of homemade vino – made by hand, with love, but not exactly spectacular. Despite being a wine producer since Phoenician and Greek times, Sicilian wines have never been world-renowned. However, revival is happening. Boutique wineries and wine resorts are suddenly all the rage.
Vineyards on and near Mt. Etna grow in ash-soil and produce award-winning Bordeaux-style reds, not to mention the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Alcamo, in the north of the island is home to excellent floral whites and in the west winemakers are making stunning Marsalas. Why, Sicily just may be on track to give Tuscany (Italy’s most famous wine region) a run for their money – er – euros.
Alas, most of us can’t simply hop a flight to Sicily when we’re in the mood for some good wine. But it deserves a high spot on the bucket list, in my opinion. When the craving for a great wine getaway does start to kick in, rest assured that a wonderful wine destination is closer than you think. Ponte and Temecula wine country is just a short drive away from San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, yet feels worlds away from the bustle of these three busy places. Ponte Winery is quiet, serene and positively picturesque. Ponte Vineyard Inn is our 60-room boutique hotel that is rated #1 on Trip Advisor. A stay with us means walkable access to three wineries (the other 37+ wineries are a short drive away), three eateries, including two award-winning restaurants, pristine service, luxurious amenities and much more. Temecula is a true escape… with lots and lots of wine.
We hope you getaway to us soon!
–Which wine destination would you most like to visit?