Here, in the oldest wine area in the world, is a low, handsome 1800s winery – views to Etna on one side, the sea on the other -surrounded by a young garden of olive and wild almond trees: enjoy homemade jams at breakfast (fig, tangerine, orange), aubergine parmigiana at dinner (creamy, delicious) and beautiful wine; the family’s wines are spicy, citrusy, organic and sold by Ottolenghi.
12 peaceful bedrooms are spread across the farmhouse and annexe, mostly on the ground floor. Stroll the organic gardens which produce a bounty of vegetables, flowers, nuts and fruit, unwind by the tranquil pool, seek shade under carob or mulberry. The atmosphere is calm and soporific.
Visit the baroque town of Vittoria, set off for the sea, or just stay put. You can have superb suppers in the garden, by the pool, or at a social table in the ancient Palmento. Book a cookery class and learn traditional skills. This is a very special place to stay.