A weekend with Mandrarossa
The Mandrarossa Vineyard Tour is a great excuse for spending a weekend in the company of good wine, whilst tasting the local specialities, all against a stunning backdrop of vineyards and sea.
This event has been held every year for the last eight years, between the end of August and the beginning of September, with the aim of promoting the splendours and boundless variety of this region. Wine and food-tasting, sport and excursions into the unspoilt natural world of Menfi will continually delight the visitor, whether trekking on horseback through the vineyards, or biking along the cycle-track leading from the Cantina down to the sea. An unsurpassable weekend in a Sicilian wine-making locality; we begin with the grape-harvest, picking by hand, with everyone joining in. The day then continues with some serious wine-tasting, and other recreational activities in an ever-changing annual programme; the day draws to its close with joyous dancing among the pine-trees, whilst sipping a glass of Mandrarossa, to the hushed strains of live music.
Wine and food-tasting, sport and excursions into the unspoilt natural world of Menfi will continually delight the visitor.
The harvest experience sounds like more fun when described by our experts, and especially if, at the end of the grape-picking, you can enjoy a cool glass of wine in a state of total relaxation. Firstly, you set out slowly along the long rows of vines armed with baskets and clippers, and eventually you end up at the top of the hill, looking out over the sea, ready to raise a toast to a successful harvest in the welcome company of a good glass of wine.
The Vineyard Tour is the perfect opportunity to sample the Mandrarossa wines, in a picturesque setting, under the expert eyes of our technical staff.
Real, traditional dishes prepared by the skilful hands of the Signore della Brigata Mandrarossa, the sole custodians of recipes proclaiming the timeworn culinary arts of Menfi.
Sport and excursions
Sport has always been a great passion of ours, which is why the Vineyard Tour is also an opportunity to enjoy activities such as wind-surfing, kite-surfing, or mini-rugby for the kids. There is no lack of opportunity for nature-lovers to either go horse-riding through the vineyards or take a boat-trip along the coast, while sipping a cool glass of white wine.
The festive event is rounded off each year with bands playing live music to the glorious backdrop of the Mediterranean sunset.
The 2019 Edition & Mandrachef
Entertaining, involving and exciting. This is Mandrachef, the cooking show that, in the lastest Vineyard Tour 2019, witnessed Valeria Raciti, winner of Master Chef 2018, and Andrea Lo Cicero, Testimonial Mandrarossa, taking part in a culinary contest under the watchful eyes of the ladies from the Brigata Mandrarossa.
Here was a foray among typical local dishes, as suggested by the ladies of the Brigata, and reworked by the creative hands of Andrea and Valeria, who battled to come up with the most outstanding dishes to accompany the Mandrarossa wines. The general public acted as jury and, after sampling each course, voted for their favourite. While this contest was taking place, our own Roberta Urso, Public Relations manager, described the wines, inviting participants to discover the fragrances and aromas of the wines that had been selected to enhance the dishes prepared by the chefs. Finally, at the end of the contest, the winning menu was proclaimed by our staff.
Then, for real conoisseurs, there was the Wine Dinner, a delightful ambience for a degustation menu in the hands of Valeria Raciti: four courses, paired with four wines, prepared by Valeria and served in a magnificent setting, with the vineyards looking out over the sea, presenting a magical backdrop for the enjoyment of delicious food, a good glass of Mandrarossa wine and the gently wafting sea-breeze.
Mandrachef on Tour
In the wake of our wonderful experience with Mandrachef 2019, a new project emerged: Mandra Chef on Tour.
A tour among Italian regions to discover novel pairings between local specialities and the complex flavour and character of the best Mandrarossa wines. The culinary contest between Valeria Raciti and Andrea Lo Cicero goes on under the watchful eyes of the audience.