PART 1 - Featuring Day 1 & 2
The tour was sponsored and organized by Regione Siciliana - Istituto Regionale Vini e Oli, in collaboration with Fermenti Digitali / Proposta.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
ENOTECA DI MARSALA, WELCOME & KICK-OFF BRIEFING
5:30PM – 7:30PM
GRILLO & FRIENDS: MARSALA WINES WELCOME WINE BLOGGERS AT CARUSO E MININI WINERY
8:00PM – 11:00PM
Opening night at Caruso e Minini winery in Marsala. Buffet dinner and free tasting of Grillo's whites with some more Marsala wines produced by some invited wineries of the region:
Cantine Colomba Bianca
Cantine Siciliane Riunite
Caruso e Minini
Thursday, September 5, 2013
THE GREAT COLLECTION OF SICILIAN GRAPES
9:00AM – 1:00PM
Visit at the pilot vineyard of the Sicilian Agriculture Department in Biesina, near Marsala.
Ten hectares of hundreds of different varieties of Sicilian grapes.
We'll have grapes and wine tasting of Catarratto, Frappato, Grecanico, Grillo, Inzolia, Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese. Among the autochthonous grapes we'll taste Albanello, Alicante, Carricante, Corinto Nero, Damaschino, Perricone, Malvasia di Lipari, Minnella Bianca, Moscato Bianco, Nerello Cappuccio, Nocera and Zibibbo. Among the ancient grapes, or “reliquia” ("relic"), there are about 50 varieties like Inzolia Nera, Maiulina, Dunnuni, Recunu, Racina di vento, etc.
During the morning, we'll have a "schiticchiata", the traditional meals of the vineyards workers.
VISIT TO ANCIENT MARSALA SALTERNS
4:00PM – 6:30PM
Visit at the salterns Ettore e Infersa near the ancient Phoenician colony of Mozia, we will experience the salt harvesting and visiting the salt museum.
The ancient Phoenician colony therefore, was founded in the 8th C. B.C. on one of the four islands of the Stagnone Lagoon, now known as the Island of San Pantaleo.
Motya, the Phoenician name by which it came to be known before, is alleged to translate loosely as “spinning centre” after wool carding and spinning cottage-industries were instituted on the island. Like most other Phoenician colonies, the island became a commercial trade-centre-cum-staging post for Phoenician ships plying the Mediterranean. The 8th C. B.C. also saw the beginning of the Greek colonisation of Sicily which, for the main, was concentrated on the east side of the island. It therefore seemed appropriate for the Phoenicians to consolidate their activities in the west enabling Motya to grow in importance and to evolve into a small town. In the 6C BC, the struggle for Greek or Carthaginian supremacy over Sicily gained momentum, and Motya was forced into taking sides. Hefty defensive walls were erected around the settlement to provide better protection.
In 397 B.C., the tyrant of Syracuse Dionysius the Elder, laid siege to the town until at last it capitulated, snuffing out every last will to continue. Its surviving inhabitants sought refuge on the mainland, and soon integrated themselves among the people of Lilybaeum, modern-day Marsala.
BAGLIO DONNA FRANCA, THE PERPETUUM "NURSERY"
7:00PM – 11:00PM
Buffet dinner and free tasting of wines from wineries of the area at Baglio Donna Franca, home of the winery La Divina.
Meet Giacomo Ansaldi, owner and a great expert of western Sicily wines.
During the night we'll visit the cellar with the "nursery" where Giacomo Ansaldi collects old Perpetuum wines: here, some tasting from old casks will introduce us to the world of Marsala wines that existed before fortified wines introduced there by British merchants.
These are the wineries at the free tasting:
La Divina, Baglio Donna Franca
Tenuta Gorghi Tondi
Bloggers present and featured:
LUIZ ALBERTO - USA-BRA - THE WINE HUB @THEWINEHUB
MADS JORDANSEN - DK - WINELAB.DK @WINELAB_DK
TIM LEMKE - USA - CHEAP WINE RATINGS - @TIMLEMKE
PAOLA TICH - UK -SIPSWOOSHSPIT - @SIPSWOOSHSPIT
NANCI BERGAMO - USA - THE WINE HUB
BRETT JONES - UK - THE WINE MAESTRO - @THEWINEMAESTRO
NOEL PUSCH - CH - DER WEIN PUSCH - @THEWINEPUSCH
SIMON WOOLF - UK - THE MORNING CLARET - @SIMONJWOOLF
ALEX DOWN - UK - RIESLING REVOLUTIONARY - @ALEXDOWNWINE
ANDRÉ RIBEIRINHO - POR - ADEGGA.COM - @ANDRERIB
MAGNUS REUTERDAHL - SWE - AQUA VITAE - @REUTERDAHL
ELISABETTA TOSI - ITA - VINOPIGRO - @VINOPIGRO
FABIEN LAINÉ - NOR-FRA - VIN DELING - @FABIENLAINE
JUEL MAHONEY - UK - WINE WOMAN & SONG - @WINEWOMANSONG
ARNOLD WALDSTEIN - USA - ARNOLD WALDSTEIN WINE
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