Around Italy after Vinitaly

After vinitaly we started a trip around Italy to visit some lovely wineries in Trentino, Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria …

One dinner in Verona…Amarone Bussola 1999 and Amarone Masi 1983


Giulio Ferrari brought the region’s first Chardonnay grapes back from Champagne around 1900, when Trentino was still part of the Habsburg Empire. He championed the production of metodo classico wine, which is now regulated by Trentino DOC laws that require the grape varieties must be limited to Chardonnay, Pinot Nero, the Italian name for Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier—the same grapes used in Champagne—as well as the local Pinot Bianco. Ferrari produces today the most important italian sparkling wines

ColSaliz Winery

In the Venetian hinterland just north west of Venice, at the heart of the classic DOC Prosecco land, in the most vocated areas of Collalbrigo. Refrontolo and Feletto where, according to Bonifacio, local wines between the l6th aud l7th ceutury were called “precious” because of their exceptionally high quality, is our ColSaliz wine farm.

Pieve di Soligo // Veneto

Villa Zarri

Made by distilling wine produced from Trebbiano grapes grown of the hillsides of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, Villa Zarri Brandy is the result of painstaking empirical work coupled with rigorous scientific research.

The products are made following the double distillation method to assure the highest quality.

CECI Vinery

We discovered a nice bottles made by CECI vinery in collaboration with DUCATI moto


CAVALLOTTO : That’s Barolo

On the periphery of the Castiglione Falletto township, centre of the Barolo area, crowning the Bricco Boschis hill, one comes upon the Tenuta Vitivinicola Cavallotto of 25 hectares of which 23 spread of vineyards. Olivio’s offspring, Laura, Giuseppe, and Alfio continue to produce wine which is made exclusively from the estate’s grapes and from the transformation of these they obtain DOC and DOCG: Barolo, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Nebbiolo Langhe, Freisa Langhe, Grignolino Piedmonte, Pinot Langhe, Chardonnay Langhe.


Relais San Maurizio

A polished boutique hotel set in a stunning  in a 17th century monastery. Highlights include Michelin stared restaurant, elegant rooms, incredible wine collection and a spa set in the old wine cellars which majors on the therapeutic benefits of salts. We discovered an incredible selection of fine food

The breakfast

The view

The wine cellar // Chmpagne selection

Guido da Costigliole Restaurant @ Relais San maurizio

Hand made label @ Guido da Costigliole Restaurant

Cascina Chicco Winery

The Azienda Agricola Cascina Chicco is the proud interpreter of Roero wine civilisation . It is found in the heart of the Roero and has a solid wine tradition behind it. The company came about with the purchase of different vine-yards in the most important area of the Roero. In addition to the 8 hectares situated around the historical lands of Canale (Anterisio, Coroania,Mompissano) there are now also the estates of Vezza d’Alba (Valmaggiore), Castellinaldo (Granera Alta, Bric Loira) and recently the land in Castagnito (Costa). Today the Cascina Chicco has 20 hectares of vine-yards, all of which are on hills and produce esteemed wines such as Arneis, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Roero, Barbera d’Alba,Favorita and Brachetto.

La Spinetta

Bruno, Carlo, and Giorgio Rivetti are the three brothers behind the famed La Spinetta estate, which was founded by their parents in 1977. La Spinetta has become a modern Italian superstar winery, producing some of Piemonte’s most delicious wines at their main estate in Castagnole Lanze and their newer ‘Campè’ estate (acquired in 2000) in Grinzane Cavour.

CONTRATTO // La Spinetta

Contratto looks back at over 140 years of distinguished history. The winery was the first in Italy to make vintage “metodo classico” sparkling wine. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was the Contratto bubbles that were requested by the Vatican and the royal houses of Europe. In fact, the wines were exported to the far corners of the British Empire to be enjoyed by ambassadors and colonial governors.
Since June 2011 Contratto is officially in the hands of La Spinetta, but the idea of taking over the Contratto sparkling wine production was already “planted” in 2007. For 4 years La Spinetta has been secretly making metodo classico wines at Contratto, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from Oltrepo Pavese. We are working closely with grape growers in that area who understand what it means to be a grape grower of quality.

Chocolate @ Gallo

Rio Maggiore // Cinque Terre

Michele Satta Winery

The soil of these vineyards, located close to the hill, was made, thanks to the superimposition  of detritus carried by torrential rains and by sea-sediments over a billion  years. There are therefore a richness in mineral components from the Metalliferous Hills that gives, particularly in Summer time, freshness and deepness to cultivation.
The wine cellar of Michele Satta, one of the most renowned names in Bolgheri, Tuscany is the birthplace of the event called “Semetipsum”.


Giampaolo Motta, the eldest son of Neapolitan family became the “black sheep” because he decided not go into the family’s leather tanning business. His grandfather Giorgio was the only family member to support him in his venture into the wine business and thus, the top wine at La Massa carries his name. Giampaolo studied in France with renowned oenologist Emile Peynaud, working in St Emilion and Pomerol where he developed a fundamental understanding of the chemistry of the wine.

Tenute di Ghizzano

Ghizzano is a small hillside village about 200 metres above sea level, located on the Tuscan coast, 40 km from Livorno and 40 km south of Pisa. The winery and olive mill are situated around the tower built by the Venerosi Pesciolini family in 1370. Amazing wines!

Panzano // CHIANTI

Dario Cecchini

The famous butcher at Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti, Solociccia in Panzano

Breakfast in the butcher


This lovely winery is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc “Terroir”, famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate – warm and dry with a marked difference in day and night-time temperatures

We advise you to stay in one of the farmhouse and visit their Chianina  cows


we are going to visit Martinelli Winery …

Salviano di Salviano

The small  village of Titignano, today a modern estate, is surrounded by 2.000 hectares of maquis, woods, vineyards and olive yards and is located on a panoramic position on the hills between Orvieto and Todi.


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