CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The ultimate cure for the winter blues is planning a vacation and for those interested in wine destination travel, the options are endless. While more traditional wine regions like Tuscany and Provence continue to pop up on itineraries, more and more travelers looking for a truly unique and equally picturesque experience are choosing Sicily, Italy. As Sicily's wine tourism grows steadily, the destination was just named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 2017 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for the first time.
As the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, it offers something for everyone – from the pristine beaches that make up its 600-mile coastline to the interior of the island that is made up of mountainous peaks including the largest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna. Situated in the center of the Mediterranean, Sicily is a cultural melting pot with historic influences from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As wine travelers seek new regional flavors and experiences with a deep cultural backstory, Sicily fits the bill with winemaking traditions that date back more than 3,000 years.
The island's wine tourism is largely influenced by Sicilia DOC, a consortium of 130 Sicilian wine producers committed to preserving and promoting Sicily's winemaking industry.
"Thanks to meticulous vineyard tending and gentle grape handling in Sicily's wineries, Sicilia DOC wines feature the medley of flavors that Sicily has been known for since ancient times and which represent some of the best wines of Italy," said Antonio Rallo, president of Sicilia DOC.
"Our readers seek discovery, unique native experiences and diversity, which is why Sicily is a top travel choice," says Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast. "This diversity is also a hallmark of Sicily's indigenous grapes – the crisp and savory Grillo and the island's juicy flagship red, Nero d'Avola."
For a chance to visit Sicily and experience the wines of Sicilia DOC as well as everything the island has to offer, enter Wine Enthusiast Magazine's "Discover Sicily" sweepstakes here: http://partners.winemag.com/discover-sicily. The grand prize will be drawn after February 28 and is a 4-day, 3-night trip for two to Sicily that includes round trip air fare, ground transportation, lodging, meals and private wine tastings.
About Sicilia DOC (Wines of Sicily)
Consorzio di Tutela Vini DOC "Sicilia," also known as Sicilia DOC or Wines of Sicily, is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, aims to strengthen the identity of Sicilian wines, while improving their quality, image and market position. The Sicilia DOC designation introduced in November 2011 includes lower maximum yields per hectare compared with the former IGT regulations. This way, winegrowers aim is quality improvement of their wines in spite of production yields. One of the primary objectives of the consortium is to take the name and brand of the DOC throughout Italy and all over the world. For further information, please visit Wines of Sicily.
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