From central Italy comes the region of Umbria and some of the most age-worthy, powerful, rustic wines in small countryside settings. We'll experience the beautiful hilltop town of Montefalco while we travel the back roads to visit Paolo Bea and Giampaolo Tabarrini the two most renown winemakers in Umbria. No mass production wines here just savory, authentic and hidden treasures that will reinvent the way you think about wine and pasta in the rest of Italy. The next day we're off to Antonelli where we'll make fresh pasta, bake bread and raid the family cellar for wines to pair with our lunch. Our home for our time here will be a renovated farm resort dating back to the 17th century in the midst of vineyards, olive trees and forest; Le Terre Di Poreta. We'll finish our time here at this 5 star resort with a walk through the forest to go truffle hunting!
Up to the Northeast region of Friuli on the border of Slovenia comes a wine region that produces so much more then Pinot Grigio. We'll break up our drive with lunch in the cellars of Chiarli for the best Lambrusco and cuisine from Emilia-Romagna. And then we're on the road to Friuli for insanity! That's right, I think half the winemakers here are insane which will make our time with them that much more fun. We'll stay in a castle with origins dating back to 1200 that was the old stomping grounds of the Original Gangster of Love Mr. Casanova himself. Castello di Spessa in Friuli. We'll climb into the Collio (hills) on the northern border of Italy to discover unknown grapes with tiny productions. We'll visit a 16th generation Prosciutto producer for a tasting and discovery of the entire process. We'll also visit one of the most traditional and revered family run restaurants (La Frasca) in the region with the Scarbolo family. And since we are this close to Slovenia, perhaps we should go have a lunch and barrel tastings in the cellar with the best winemaker and winery in Slovenia, our old friend Ales from Movia Winery in Brda! And as always more surprises to come.
A culinary and wine lovers dream trip stacked tall with scenic countryside, unforgettable wines, indigenous foods and most importantly time spent with the people and land that provide them all. Another can't miss trip of a lifetime!