“I’ve worked with Brittany Carlisi for over a decade in the Italian wine business, both in events and sales. Brittany is an expert in Italian food, wine, and culture. She is the go-to person for an authentic, immersive experience regarding all things Italy, with an emphasis on Mount Etna. Brittany is a natural and charismatic host that uses her passion for creating a fun and educational environment for her guests.”
Joe Bastianich – American restaurateur, winemaker, author, television personality, and musician
Unlock an enchanting wine adventure on the mythical slopes of Mount Etna. With Contessa Consulting by your side, not one, not two, but up to three additional winery visits can be seamlessly arranged on the day of your exclusive tour. And here's the cherry on top - this bouquet of experiences is available to you at a specially curated full-day price, making it an irresistible offer for wine enthusiasts and aficionados.
Our impeccable ties with a myriad of wineries on Mount Etna's volcanic terroir ensure that every visit is tailored to the essence of your wine cravings. Be it your unique palate profile, the intricacies of your preference, or an insatiable thirst for knowledge about the rich history of the Etna DOC wine zones, we’ve got you covered. Dive deep into a world where wine and history beautifully intertwine.
It's beneath the surface where the magic truly unfolds. The intricate dance of diurnal temperature oscillations, combined with the rich tapestry of volcanic soils — an alchemy of black sands, pomace, and mineral-rich rocks birthed from the very heart of our planet — sets the stage for an unparalleled vinicultural spectacle. Here, grapes not only grow but thrive, manifesting into wines of profound acidity, intoxicating aromas, and a palate that sings tales of its volcanic birth.
Join the ranks of those in the know, as wines from Etna are rapidly ascending the global stage. They're not just wines; they're an experience, an ode to terroir, standing shoulder to shoulder with the iconic wines of Barolo and Burgundy. With Contessa Consulting, every sip becomes a journey, every bottle a memory. Cheers to adventures yet to come!
Kickstart your day by exploring the magic of the land, the unique climate, and the captivating history of eruptions from Europe's most imposing active volcano.
Marvel at the breathtaking sunrise and golden sunset from its craters; for the brave, an ascent to the summit can be arranged. These educational tours will enrich your Etna experience, priming you for a journey through wines, food, and culture.
Visit Bronte Pistacchio DOP land, the home of Pistachio cultivation on Mount Etna, located on the northwest side of the volcano.
Three generations of dedicated women have nurtured these pistachio trees, rooted in the ancient volcanic soils. Thanks to the legacy of the Arabs, these trees, exclusive to Etna, bear fruit biennially, peaking in a September harvest. This rhythm gifts the Bronte Pistacchio DOP its distinct purple and green hues and intense flavors. Join us for a tour, and indulge in a lunch celebrating the pistachio's versatile magic.
Join Gelato Master Giovanna Musumeci in a historic Randazzo pasticceria,
a Gelato Master who participates in gelato competitions all over Italy. Her pistachio gelato with pistachio brittle and orange zest named “Green Gold” is highly awarded and not to miss! The gelato and granita selection is all made in-house, mostly from local, seasonal ingredients found in Sicily.
This class takes place at a family-owned “pasticceria” pastry shop in the heart of the town of Randazzo across from the ancient catholic basilica church, Santa Maria Assunta. Giovanna will walk you through a selection of gelato tastes. Then you will participate in making the classic Sicilian lemon granita and whatever pastry she may be working on that day. Giovanna is a lot of fun, be prepared to laugh throughout your visit and leave in high spirits!
Dive into a five-course culinary journey, where Sicily's seasonal treasures meet handpicked wines, enhancing each dish's character. Let Sandro be your guide, weaving tales of the chosen wines and their harmonious pairing.
Conclude this epicurean evening with an Amaro tasting, exploring Sandro's curated selections from Sicily and beyond.
Experience the essence of Italy with an aperitivo, showcasing a handpicked,
charcuterie assortment and three exquisite wine samplings at a cherished family-run wine bar in the heart of Randazzo.
Dive into this authentic ambiance, it's the quintessential locale to uncover select wines and rare Sicilian treats, perfect to relish during your travels or to lovingly bring home as mementos.
Discover the authenticity of Sicilian tradition in a historic salumeria on Mount Etna.
Their own cattle roam freely, grazing on fresh grass, resulting in irresistible cured meats, while the prized Nebrodi Black Pig stands out for its unique flavors. Join us for an exploratory visit, where genuine taste blends with local culture in an unforgettable tasting experience. Savor the essence of Etna in every bite.
You'll discover breathtaking vistas on volcanic trails. Amidst lush forests and clear skies, each pedal stroke brings you closer to the wild nature. The fresh air and Sicilian sun accompany you on this unforgettable adventure, where Etna's magic awakens the senses and enriches the spirit.
Nestled in the historical heart of Randazzo, "San Giorgio e il Drago" invites you on a culinary journey through Sicily.
Since 1998, offer authentic Sicilian flavors, celebrating the island's rich gastronomic tradition. The dishes, freshly prepared with local ingredients, promise an unforgettable experience. Come and discover the true essence of Etna in a welcoming and authentic environment.
Embark on a journey through Sicily's heart with our Street Food and Market Tours in Catania and Palermo. Witness Catania's fish market buzz, sample Palermo's authentic street fare by Teatro Massimo, and explore
the vibrant Capo and Ballarò.
With us, savor the authentic ambiance and culinary traditions on a stroll through the charming backstreets, unveiling the everyday magic of Sicilian life in a unique, unforgettable adventure.
Experience an unforgettable culinary journey in Taormina with a local famous Chef. Begin with a vibrant market tour, discovering seasonal produce and fresh fish. Then, engage in a hands-on cooking class, learning family recipes and creating Sicilian delights like Ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers and caponata. Prepare a full menu, including a traditional dessert, and savor your creations with local wines.
A unique blend of culture, cooking, and dining, this is a true taste of Sicily.
In the heart of Randazzo, the red wine producing zone of Mount Etna, there is a beautiful, family-owned “agriturismo” Bed and Breakfast located on a farm with enchanting walking paths, a few friendly farm animals, and options varying from rooms to small apartments for longer stays. Breakfast is included, and selection will change with the seasons, serving fruit, marmalade, and local, traditional delicacies produced on the farm.
Your door-to-door driving services can be arranged in a Mercedes Class V Vehicle for a day visiting the wineries, and your entire visit around Sicily from airport pick up to drop off. The drivers are extremely knowledgeable about the territory and make great guides on the road.