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Meet the brothers behind Gambino Winery – the love of tradition and new technologies

According to the legend, it was Dionysus (aka Bacchus) who brought pleasure to mankind, and wine to Sicily.

Have seen hundreds of wine tastings, participated on workshops but still not sure how to produce your own wine? You want to go beyond theories and make your hands dirty?

This opportunity has been waiting for you. Live the life of a wine maker for a month.

Experience how wine is produced with the professional team of Gambino’s and be part of the harvest from day 1 until the last of the grapes are in their right place. The team will show you everything there is to know about growing grapes, choosing the right barrels and the newest techniques.

Learn for a month for 2990€. (accommodation and flights not included)
The price for the month is set by each Patron and 100% of the sum goes to them. The platform only adds a 15% service fee at the end to make sure we can go on with the platform and offer you 24/7 support.

A star is born – the history of the family winery

The story of the Gambino family goes back to 1978 when Vittorio Raciti bought the property and dedicated the land to his wife, Maria Gambino. Since then the brothers Gambino, Francesco and Filadelfo mix tradition and new technologies in their wine making process.

Today the winery includes 25 hectares in Linguaglossa, the heart of Etna, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and close to beautiful Taormina.

Why Gambino’s?

Nestled off the coast of the Italian mainland, on the beautiful island of Sicily, you’ll find this stunning gem – the Gambino Winery. As part of Mt Etna, a still active volcano and 800 meters above see level the unique climate and soil conditions of this picturesque location is the perfect setting to produce the world’s most finest wines.

The entire vinification process, from the use of stainless-steel tanks to the refinement of the wine in aged oak barrels, is done in the natural temperature-controlled, underground cellar.

The Gambino Winery cellar is ten meters underground, dug into the volcanic rock for a natural control of temperature beyond technology.

The winemaker carefully selects the oak barrels, to combine tradition and new technologies, thus reducing sulfites and pulling out the best flavours and revealing the best expressions of their wines.

 

What will happen on your Dream?

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You will have a chance to learn everything about wine, barrels and technicalities
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You will spend the month in the beautiful winery overlooking the Mediterranean see
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You will have the chance to travel around Sicily and meet all the different winemakers
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You will be there for the wine tastings to see how the business works
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You can spend the month in an amazing apartment near the winery (also, food is included during working hours)
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You can visit beautiful Taormina and nearby sights during your spare time
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You will be part of the professional team from the moment of harvest until the bottling is finished

How it works?

We connect you with the right people. You choose your dream for the month and get the best service from your Patron.

Need a place to relax? –  A fancy loft, sea view apartment or a traditional house with homey feel? Your call. Choose your home for the month freely or ask our Patrons for their tips. In some cases you need to be close your Patron so our team is prepared to offer you an amazing place to live and do your dream.

Eat. Drink. Repeat – Be prepared for amazing food and tasting all the time – and some extra pounds. So worry not – you will have a morning espresso and big lunches with your Patrons. You will cook, you will eat and you will definitely have fun. Want to taste the local places as well for inspiration? Ask for our tips.

Safety first – It is relatively unlikely that you will be a victim of petty theft or other crime. But be careful!

Getting Around – We have plenty of tours to discover the area but if you want to go on your own we suggest you rent a Vespa or a car. Ask for our suggestions and we are happy to help. As for the public transportation – the trains are often late, but the buses, well, they are late too 🙂

Driving in Sicily – People are very fast, not always following the rules. It can get very intense on the road so drive safe!

So if you choose to travel like this don’t stress a lot – remember when in Rome do like the Romans do and relax.

Suggested daily budget – 50-60 EUR / 52-62 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in your chosen home, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals with your Patron and using local transportation.)

Welcome to beautiful Sicily – everything you need to know

“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all”

Goethe

Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas.

It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to areas of interest ranging from nature to history and traditions.

Read more: Conde Nest Travel // Lonely Planet

Things to explore

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Sicily is renowned for its steet food –Try an arancina (deep-fried saffron rice ball), panelle (chickpea fritters), sfincione (rustic, Sicilian-style “pizza”), polpo bollito (a boiled mini-octopus), and — if you dare — pani ca’ meusa…the famed spleen sandwich.
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Take the cable car to Mount Etna, the second most active volcano in the world
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Sicilians are some of the most enjoyable people to simply interact with – enjoy small talk with amazing local people
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Discover Sicily’s wonderful natural attractions like Parco Regionale delle Madonie, Parco dei Nebrodi and Parco Regionale dell’Etna, do canyoning in the Alcantara River Park or enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters in the park of Belice
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Rent A Car – Bicycle – Scooter – Exploring Sicily by car is the best way for see the most of it

Money Saving Tips

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Get the menu of the day Ask for our daily tips on the best places to eat and what to ask for.
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Bargain No matter what is the item always try to reduce price.
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Get city passes Plan your visits and ask for discounts.
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Free walking tours Great way to explore the city and get some local tips.