Sicilian storm brewing

October 20, 2014

October in Sicily was hot and humid, shockingly so. Our accommodations were out in the country, beautiful old estates with olive trees and grapevines that had been redone to greater or lesser degrees. We were lunching outside at the Gulfi Wine Estate in southeast Sicily (near Noto and Ragusa) when dark clouds began to roll in. A massive Sicilian storm was brewing.

storm gulfiSince the Estate is on a hill, we had a clear view of the big, big sky. At first, we just watched.  Then, the wind started whipping up.
storm gulfi2We quickly made our way down the hill to our rooms as fat raindrops began to pelt us, hard. The wind was huge, significant, bigger than I’d seen in the U.S. other than in a near-hurricane.

sun frm ctydAnd, then, as quickly as it came up, the storm passed, the sky turned blue again and the sun lit our courtyard.

A few words about Gulfi. They are bringing forward Sicily’s most important red wine group, Nero d’Avola. Their organic vineyard is quite impressive. Oh, how I would’ve loved to have enjoyed some of that wine, but alas, I was sick the whole time we were at Gulfi.

Here’s a video of morning from the breakfast room at the Gulfi Wine Estate. Ahhh….. (just click on Here’s a video in the preceding sentence)

25 comments on “Sicilian storm brewing
  1. Lana says:

    Beautiful pictures! It’s so interesting to watch a storm form like that – as long as you have somewhere to take cover!

  2. PatU says:

    A magical trip…except for you getting sick! 🙁

  3. CARLA says:

    ((((commences living vicariously))))

  4. Beautiful. Such a peaceful video. I love the landscape, the sun rays, the birdsong. I’m ready to pack my bags…

  5. Looks like a fantastic trip. Makes me want to go back to Italy.

  6. Donna says:

    I live in las vegas, we do not have weather…330 days a year of sunshine. I love that, but once in a while a real storm is a treat…I hope you are feeling better. I have been slammed for days….so I-haven’t been able to properly welcome you home!!

  7. Ellen Dolgen says:

    I adore Italy. We have never been to Sicily….thanks for taking me there!

  8. Ruth Curran says:

    Wow…awesome photos – you captured the power of that storm. I bet you can get them to ship you a bottle or two?

  9. I love Italy and those pictures and the beautiful video so make me want to go back to visit. Love seeing that sky change colors.

  10. Absolutely beautiful. I’m dying to know how the meeting with you new found family went!

  11. kim tackett says:

    I love that shot through the archway…and I do love a good stormwatch. Of course, it’s better with wine, but it looks like you were able to enjoy it nonetheless.

  12. Diane says:

    Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! And I love storms. From inside somewhere . . .

  13. Lynne says:

    Great photos!! Thanks for sharing your trip!!!

  14. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I love watching a good storm roll in and this one looks like a doozy. I have been to Italy several times but never Sicily. Someday, I hope.

  15. Karen says:

    Great shots of the sky! I love that kind of weather too–so dramatic, it’s nature at her best.

  16. Ines Roe says:

    What a wonderful vacation it must be. The sky looks awesome. Thank your for sharing the video. The bird sounds made me feel like I was there – I needed a little vacations!

  17. Barbara says:

    What a gorgeous place. I’m going to have to look for that wine! I’m so very sorry you got sick on your vacation!! Loved the video.

  18. WendysHat says:

    Beautiful clouds and beautiful pictures! I am still remembering my recent trip to Italy and can actually feel that storm as I read about it. Thanks for sharing.

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