Tasting Occhipinti


  Arianna Occhipinti graduated from University of Milan’s school of viticulture and enology and started growing wine with one hectare of land in Vittoria. Her first vintage, at the age of 22, was made in a family farmhouse.  In 2013 she relocated to a purpose-built winery surrounded by 22 hectares of biodynamically farmed Frappato, Nero d’Avola,…

Eating & Drinking In Ortygia


  During a 48 hours stay in Ortygia in the spring of 2019, we ate and drank pretty well – mainly sea food and pasta with sea urchins, sardines and anchovies in small, quaint, family-run restaurants where mostly locals ate. Sicilian cuisine shows traces of all the cultures which established themselves on the island over the last…

Footloose In Ortygia


  The little island of Ortygia is the spiritual centre of Siracusa. The dazzling artistic vestiges of over 2500 years of history are packed in to a space barely 500 meters across and one kilometer in length. making it easy to explore on foot. Across the narrow ribbon of water severing Ortygia from the mainland,…

Tasting Kooyong


The Kooyong estate was established in 1995 on the cool, ocean-influenced Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The vineyards were acquired by Giorgio and Dianne Gjergja in 2004 and all the wines are now made at their state of the art, eco-friendly winery, restaurant and hotel complex at Port Phillip Estate nearby. Winemaker Glen Hayley is making expressive…

Spring In Sicily


  The Society first visited Sicily in May 2004. A second small group wine and culture tour t00k place in May 2019     May and September probably are the best months to visit Sicily. EasyJet fly to Catania from Manchester thrice a week and the flight time is just over three hours. One could travel…

Spring In Sicily 2019 – Archaeological Park of Siracusa


It is our second day in Siracusa. Dawn is breaking and I sit on the balcony of my hotel room and sip black coffee. Suddenly the heavens open with thunder and lightning and torrential rain floods the streets. An hour or so later, the rain stops and the sun comes out and everything is back…