My husband and I stayed in this agriturismo in May 2009. We located it at the last minute after the place with which we had originally made reservations was not able to complete renovations on time (and did not tell us before we got to Sicily)! However, Etna Wine Farm turned out to be an excellent choice. It had a great view of Etna, was close to a small town for shopping, and had a nice (but cold) pool. If we return to Sicily we will stay there again.
There are two buildings to choose from. One contains a couple apartments and the reception--the other is in the midst of a vineyard. The pool is in between the buildings. The building in the vineyard is much the nicer of the two. It had a well equipped (for a vacation apartment) kitchen, a little living room area, and a large bedroom and bathroom. It was wonderful to wake up in the morning look out at the vines and listen to the birds.
I cannot say enough good things about the hosts. They were super friendly and very concerned to make sure we had a good time. On the evening we arrived, tired and with little food, they insisted we take some bread and olives from their own kitchen. They also picked some fresh cherries for us from the trees and showed us how wine was made 'in the old times.' They are very proud of their wine--and rightfully so. It was very good quality.
For those who like 'self-catering' the nearest full service grocery store is about 15-20 minutes away. And, it had a 'frutta e verdura' stand across the street. The only drawback was that, in May, the pool was still too cold for me to swim in. It was a great place to lounge though!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Etna Wine is a newly founded Agritourism resort deeply rooted in the past. Settled in the lush vegetation of the vineyards the Villa has been completely remodeled to retain the beauty of it’s traditional architecture. There are seven lovely apartments, a museum,a large hall for tasting of Etna DOC wine and typical regional products and a historical wine cellar with wooden wine barrels. Ample parking available for buses and cars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Etna Wine Agriturismo Sicily/Castiglione Di Sicilia