The 2020 Contrade dell’ Etna or the "Etna Wine Fair" is where the producers of the greatest wines produced on the volcano will present their products. An appointment not to miss for the wine enthusiast regardless if you are a fan of red wines or white wines, this is definitely a great attraction and wine tasting opportunity.
This year the event takes place on 21 and 22 June at the Il Picciolo Golf Resort, Solicchiata on the Strada Statale 120 near Castiglione di Sicilia (CT) on the northern slope of Mount Etna. (https://www.ilpiccioloetnagolfresort.com/en-GB).
Numerous participating wineries will present their new releases for tasting all day on Sunday 21 June; while older vintages will be presented on Monday, June 22. This year, besides tasting the Etna's best wines, it will be possible to taste dishes typical for the local cuisine.
The event, born from an idea by Etna top-producer Andrea Franchetti (Passopisciaro Winery) with the intent to promote the production excellence of Etna wines, present the new vintages and give the wineries the opportunity to be known by enthusiasts and professionals. It involves all the wineries on the highest volcano in Europe.
The 2019 fair was a great success with nearly a hundred participating wineries, numerous visitors with a significant presence of foreigners and continuous and evident progress in terms of quality. The Contrade dell’ Etna is the largest preview presentation of the best new wines from Etna before their release.
Be aware that participation is by invitation only so to enter it will be necessary to get an invitation from a participant in the local wine industry.