During June, my husband and I were sailing around Sicily and Malta for a two week holiday. We had a few nights docked in Taormina and decided to do a day trip up to Mt Etna with a private guide, followed by lunch and wine tasting at a local winery......which turned out to be Gambino Winery. I've been to a lot of wineries around the world, but I must say this one was something very special - not only for its location on the side of Mt Etna, but for the unusual (but delicious) wines themselves and the people/staff running the place. We bought an inexpensive tasting and platter style package which allowed us to overindulge in local cheeses, breads, cold meats etc. plus we tried and drank as many of Gambino's wines as we could over the entire afternoon. The staff were hugely informative, absolutely charming to speak with and treated everyone as family and as if they were the most important guest in the building. The wines themselves were so unusual tasting and colored (I'm sure from the minerals in the soil sitting on Mt Etna) and were completely addicting......and no hangover!! We absolutely loved our experience and felt it was our best day in Sicily. Thank you Gambino Wines - I wish we could get your wines here in New Zealand!!
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