May 9, 2017, 7 AM - Docked in Licata, Sicily
You may need to put your sunnies on for this post!
The landscape of central Sicily is spectacular. So many shades of green
draped across the rolling hillsides reminded me of exquisite appliquéd fabric.
For our visit on this bright, warm day, wildflowers were woven through the
fields like necklaces. . . . . . red poppies, yellow daisies, yarrow, cow parsley,
acanthus, and huge sprays of bronze fennel waved in the breeze from the hillsides.
Acres of olive, almond and fruit orchards, and vines of the many vineyards could
be seen for miles.
Described as "an island within an island", this region is Sicily's larder.
This is also wine making country, recognized today as one of the best wine regions
in Italy thanks to its production of high quality, prestigious red wines. . . . .and I assure
you the whites we tasted were excellent also.
The 320 hectare estate of Feudo Principi di Butera includes over 180 vineyards
in an exclusive terroir, thanks to a warm and dry climate, optimizing the development
of perfect ripening of the grapes, a sea breeze which carries all its benefits to the vines,
and the warm strong sunlight which is typical of the southern areas of the island.
It was here we had another quite amazing lunch - delicious freshly prepared food in
huge quantities served at table, along with copious bottles of their world class wines.
Paula, dear friend who has shown me so many wonderful places in the world,
taking a break at the winery before lunch was served.
Above, Babs, Sharon, Kim, Paula, Michelle and Mary - the feminine side of our
travel group - after lunch with a lot of great wine tasting. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . and here below, our entire lovable and fun group!
. . . . . .behaving. . . . .
. . . . . and misbehaving for our 'silly picture'.
I'm at a loss for the right caption here!
A memorable day in Sicily.