CAVANERA ETNEA RESORT & WINE EXPERIENCE
CAVANERA ETNEA RESORT & WINE EXPERIENCE is nestled amid several wineries on the slopes of Mount Etna between the historic cities of Castiglioni di Sicilia and Randazzo in the province of Catania in northeastern Sicily. Its position inside the Etna park nature reserve makes it a favorite destination for travelers seeking to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding natural environment, while still experiencing the top-notch services that comes from being a member of the Firriato Hospitality group—including a fully immersive experience of the region’s esteemed viticulture. Once again the di Gaetano family has hit a homerun, having restored an ancient communal farm into an elegant eleven-room resort that celebrates all things related to the history and making of wine.
Here, the past seamlessly meets the present in the resort’s renovated palmento, or winemaking room, where Cavanera’s winemakers process grapes grown in the vineyard surrounding the resort. Dating back to the 1700s, the palmento still contains the original wooden wine press, containment vats that were carved out of local rock, and terracotta and basalt drainage channels. Wine tastings with or without food pairings are available daily, and you can also book classes in the history of local wine culture, tour the palmento and nearby vineyards, and even participate in the harvesting of the grapes each October. When otherwise not indulging in all things wine-related, you can embark on a nature walk through the Cavanera nature park, mountain bike through the hills, or play a round of golf at the Picciolo golf course. And, of course, shop the onsite wine shop to take home a bottled memory of your time in this magical spot.