After waking up on the third and last day in Illasi, I was welcomed by a delicious breakfast prepared out in the garden of Villa Aldeghieri. The owners, a couple and their son, were extremely warm and welcoming and tried their best to treat you well in their home/B&B. A cappuccino, croissant and a fruit salad later, not to mention the view offered, (wow!) and we parted ways. Our first stop was an interesting one, going to see wrought iron craftsmen at work. This traditional art was passed down from generation to generation and many homes here are decorated with wrought iron fences designed in this area. A few pictures later, we left to go north, up higher into the Lessini hills. We drove through green fields dotted with white houses and patches of cows until we stopped at the fossil museum. Here we met our tour guide who led us out back and down a trail leading to a cave. This cave, he explained, was the inspiration for Dante’s Inferno. During medieval times, the bottom of the cave was filled with water and froze during the winter. The spot had a peaceful glow and was cool under the trees and rock. We hopped back in the car and drove over to the little mountain town of Velo Veronese. We walked around, finally settling in at 13 Comuni restaurant. Not only were we to have one of the best meals on the trip here, but we were also given the time to taste all the producer’s wines from the Illasi Valley. From Soave to Valpolicella to Amarone, we tried over 50 wines in under two hours. What was really impressive was the meal. The starter was a lamb tartar with semi sundried tomatoes. It the first time I ate raw lamb and I have to admit that although the thought of it wasn’t so nice, the taste was delicate and exquisite. For a pasta, we had homemade gnocchi in a roasted butter sauce, topped with shaved smoked ricotta; we were speechless. For those of us who were still hungry, the chef brought out a T-bone steak and sides of grilled vegetables. Stuffed and tired, we left smiling to go discover some of the other accommodations available in the area. Locanda ViaVerde Lessinia and Casa del Brigante were two of them. Finally our day was winding down and after a quick pass through at Pieropan Vineyard, we sat down for dinner at Villa Ballarini. We sat outside and ate lightly, after having such a big lunch. We spoke of ideas to promote wine and the territories that grow grapes and how we were happy to have all met. As the night grew on we decided it was time to say our goodbyes. We thanked our hosts, Faye Cardwell and Bernardo Pasquali, for the invite and lessons on Illasi Valley.
Our early rise offered a morning slightly grey and spotted with clouds. I can’t say I didn’t mind, since the heat and humidity for the past few days was too much. We left Hotel Zorzi and headed to our first appointment of the day, Az. Agr. Dal Forno. A much …Read the Rest
The Illasi Valley is a photographers’ dream. Lying just east of Verona at the foothills of the Alps, this territory is known mainly for the grapes that grow here, those that create the powerful Amarone wine. It is not all viniculture. The valley is spotted with Venetian Villas and medieval …Read the Rest
Italy is not just about visiting the big cities like Rome and Florence. Italy is culture. Italy is food, wine and beautiful countrysides. So with friends in town, we thought we would bring them to the hills of Friuli, to learn about wine from a winemaker himself. We had organized …Read the Rest
Venice can be extremely hot in the summer, especially due to the humidity which lingers over the lagoon. A trip away from the city to the countryside was needed for my new friends visiting from the states and what better thing to do then go wine tasting! I decided to …Read the Rest
At the beautiful Villa Favorita in Sarego near Vicenza, an event called Vin Natur, featured wine makers and wineries that choose to produce their wine the organic way. Wine Indulgence could not miss it!