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 in search of some of the most renown winemakers in the world. 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. 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. And oh yeah, they have pasta and bread. We should make our own lunch!
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 will explore indigenous grapes that makes some of the best red and white wines in the world and some amazing unknown bubbles with insane food and people. 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 and 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. All farmed by hand high in the mountains by local families. We'll also visit one of the most traditional and revered family run restaurants (La Frasca) in the region with the Scarbolo family. And as always more surprises to come.