Taormina (Messina) Wine Tasting Excursion Reviews

Tour one of Taormina's local wineries and enjoy the fruit of their labors.
* Taormina – A well-known place and that's why we chose to go on in the "Sicilian wine roads" ...
* Taormina – A well-known place and that's why we chose to go on in the "Sicilian wine roads" Tour to experience some new territory; it was a big but nice group and the Tour Guide was quite knowledgeable though he ... Read More
* Taormina – A well-known place and that's why we chose to go on in the "Sicilian wine roads" Tour to experience some new territory; it was a big but nice group and the Tour Guide was quite knowledgeable though he didn't stop talking! After not too long a ride we got to the high elevation vineyards, the owner's son introduced us to the development from the beginnings of their Company and after a tour around the "innards" of wine making, we sat on benches around rectangular wooden tables and he started introducing different types of wines, pouring us samples of them to taste accompanied with thin slices of prosciutto and other cold meats, cheeses, breads, etc. Very interesting but this should've taken place outdoors in the fantastic warm weather rather than inside! When everything was over, as usual they were trying to sell their wines but it looked like nobody bought anything. Then back to bus, more talking (a certified pedantic and if he had any children, I really feel sorry for them) & and thankfully soon back on the ship again!! I am sure we would've enjoyed much more on our own walking around that beautiful town of Taormina enjoying a pizza, delicious wine and a sublime view of the sea! But...next time for sure!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
This was my my very favorite tour and well worth the expense.
This was my my very favorite tour and well worth the expense. Oh Lord this city is beautiful and I want to return. The winery excursion was a dream and I look forward to my shipments of wines in the days to come.
This was my my very favorite tour and well worth the expense. Oh Lord this city is beautiful and I want to return. The winery excursion was a dream and I look forward to my shipments of wines in the days to come. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Before our tour we were able to see some of Messina by the hop on hop off bus, which was great.
Before our tour we were able to see some of Messina by the hop on hop off bus, which was great. We had lunch in the main square and got to see the bell tower show at noon. Then our tour started at 1 and we were bussed first to a stop to ... Read More
Before our tour we were able to see some of Messina by the hop on hop off bus, which was great. We had lunch in the main square and got to see the bell tower show at noon. Then our tour started at 1 and we were bussed first to a stop to see a wall of lava from Mt Etna. Then we went to the San Michele Winery for a tour and tasting. Snacks were included. Our guide was great and the day was very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wine Tasting was at Tenuta San Michele on the slopes of Mt.
Wine Tasting was at Tenuta San Michele on the slopes of Mt. Etna. It is a bit of a walk up to the campus, as the bus cannot use the driveway, but it is GORGEOUS!! The vineyard is run by a family of 6 brothers and one of the brothers gave ... Read More
Wine Tasting was at Tenuta San Michele on the slopes of Mt. Etna. It is a bit of a walk up to the campus, as the bus cannot use the driveway, but it is GORGEOUS!! The vineyard is run by a family of 6 brothers and one of the brothers gave us the tasting and tour, and it was spectacular. The food spread was great, the wine was great, we toured the whole operation, and it was just lovely! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went to Gambino winery!
Went to Gambino winery! LOVELY! Do not miss.
Went to Gambino winery! LOVELY! Do not miss. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We started our day by riding a tour bus to a vineyard so that we could taste wines that were paired ...
We started our day by riding a tour bus to a vineyard so that we could taste wines that were paired with cheese and various spreads. We were able to see the results of lava flow from Mt Etna. Finally we walked around port and visited a ... Read More
We started our day by riding a tour bus to a vineyard so that we could taste wines that were paired with cheese and various spreads. We were able to see the results of lava flow from Mt Etna. Finally we walked around port and visited a beautiful church. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The wine tasting was GREAT.
The wine tasting was GREAT. Low pressure, great tour, amazingly good wine.
The wine tasting was GREAT. Low pressure, great tour, amazingly good wine. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Enjoyed the wines at Gambino and the sites of the Godfather -
Enjoyed the wines at Gambino and the sites of the Godfather -
Enjoyed the wines at Gambino and the sites of the Godfather - Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Star Clippers
Tour of Taormina, which included 90 minutes on your own, then a bus trip to the base of Mt.Etna to ...
Tour of Taormina, which included 90 minutes on your own, then a bus trip to the base of Mt.Etna to visit a winery, with a wine tasting. Wine offered was not as good as the wine that was given upon request.
Tour of Taormina, which included 90 minutes on your own, then a bus trip to the base of Mt.Etna to visit a winery, with a wine tasting. Wine offered was not as good as the wine that was given upon request. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sampled several wines and tapas.
Sampled several wines and tapas. Excellent!
Sampled several wines and tapas. Excellent! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Just a long Bus ride with a stop at a Touristic wine store...
Just a long Bus ride with a stop at a Touristic wine store...
Just a long Bus ride with a stop at a Touristic wine store... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
On the foothills of Mt.
On the foothills of Mt. Etna, the Gambino winery offered a wonderful appy selection and five-wine tasting. Wonderful way to start the day!
On the foothills of Mt. Etna, the Gambino winery offered a wonderful appy selection and five-wine tasting. Wonderful way to start the day! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Excellent tour ,unexpected meal with wine tastings
Excellent tour ,unexpected meal with wine tastings
Excellent tour ,unexpected meal with wine tastings Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
it was good.
it was good. we were allowed to taste more wines but again, no refills!
it was good. we were allowed to taste more wines but again, no refills! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
A good tour with an introduction to the Sicilian wine production
A good tour with an introduction to the Sicilian wine production
A good tour with an introduction to the Sicilian wine production Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We booked the Taormina and Winery on the Slopes of Etna excursion through an independent company.
We booked the Taormina and Winery on the Slopes of Etna excursion through an independent company. I joined another group who had made all the arrangements, so can't remember the name of the tour company. This was my favorite port! ... Read More
We booked the Taormina and Winery on the Slopes of Etna excursion through an independent company. I joined another group who had made all the arrangements, so can't remember the name of the tour company. This was my favorite port! LOVED Taormina! Shopping was wonderful....little souvenir shops mixed in with high end retailers. Our wine tasting was a blast. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Good experience, on the slopes of Mnt.
Good experience, on the slopes of Mnt. Etna. A welcoming wineyard in a pleasant setting. A few glasses of wine helped the day along.
Good experience, on the slopes of Mnt. Etna. A welcoming wineyard in a pleasant setting. A few glasses of wine helped the day along. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Very well organized.
Very well organized. Taormina is beautiful; the Sicilian countryside is breathtaking; lunch at the Gambino Winery was delicious.
Very well organized. Taormina is beautiful; the Sicilian countryside is breathtaking; lunch at the Gambino Winery was delicious. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
My son and I did the Mt Etna and Winery tour from Carnival.
My son and I did the Mt Etna and Winery tour from Carnival. The rest of our group took a taxi to Taormina. They walked around town, shopped a bit and then came back to the ship. The winery was a small estate winery. We had a tour and then ... Read More
My son and I did the Mt Etna and Winery tour from Carnival. The rest of our group took a taxi to Taormina. They walked around town, shopped a bit and then came back to the ship. The winery was a small estate winery. We had a tour and then appetizers outside. We went inside for lunch and came back out for desert. It was a nice group of people and we had fun Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We really enjoyed this tour, we had never been to Sicily before and thought it was beautiful and ...
We really enjoyed this tour, we had never been to Sicily before and thought it was beautiful and certainly somewhere we would like to return. We really enjoyed the wine tasting and bought some lovely wine to take home. Our guide Maurizio ... Read More
We really enjoyed this tour, we had never been to Sicily before and thought it was beautiful and certainly somewhere we would like to return. We really enjoyed the wine tasting and bought some lovely wine to take home. Our guide Maurizio was excellent. We would have liked longer in Taormina as it was very pretty and looked like there were some lovely restaurants but we had limited time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Beautiful day under a canopy of trees and out of the heat.
Beautiful day under a canopy of trees and out of the heat. Local wines were very good as well as the appetizers they had set out for us. Very pleasant day with a little bit of history of the winery by the owner.
Beautiful day under a canopy of trees and out of the heat. Local wines were very good as well as the appetizers they had set out for us. Very pleasant day with a little bit of history of the winery by the owner. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises