Located on Sicily's East Coast, on the side of the active volcano, Mt. Etna, is Tenuta San Michele that has belonged to the Barons Scammacca del Murgo for generations. The farm has been actively producing and selling its wines locally for decades, but after an earthquake rendered their home uninhabitable in 2002, what didn't kill the Scammacca's will to maintain and manage their farm made them not only build the house back stronger, expand their agricultural production to an international level (exporting their wines worldwide), and turning the remaining post-earthquake ruined farm buildings into what they still characterize as an "agriturismo" which is a sort of B&B on a working farm. Personally, I have visited San Michele on multiple occasions, and in my opinion they have now far surpassed the level at which they should refer to themselves as simply an "agriturismo." It is a grand estate, with vineyards spreading out as far as the eye can see. Look east and you can see across the Straits of Messina the southern coast of Calabria, look west and you gaze in awe at the smoking crater on Mt. Etna which still occasionally spews volcanic ash into the sky, raining down on the vineyards causing their soil to be extra fertile and their wines more delicious. Pietro Scammacca, 5th of the 8 sons of the current Baron, is responsible for the vision that has transformed this family home, into a sumptuous locale in which to relax, dine and explore the esoteric charms of Sicily.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The San Michele estate is situated on the eastern slopes of Mt Etna in the area of the village Santa Venerina, at an altitude of about 500 m over sea level and on one of the main roads that leads to the summit craters.The winery and a part of the cellars are situated in an ancient building in the typical Etna style. The new cellar was built in 1999, in an innovative structure on two levels, in perfect harmony with the surrounding countryside.It is a family winery, active since 1860. Nearby other buildings surrounded by the vines are used for tourism. All around is the wonderful panorama that goes from the Taormina promontory to Capo Mulini. Mt Etna dominates this magnificent scene towering up to its summit at 3,300 m. The vineyards are in a single area, distributed on large terraces and cover 26 hectares. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Tenuta San Michele Hotel Santa Venerina
- Agriturismo Tenuta San Michele Santa Venerina, Sicily, Italy