Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Italy Winery Tour –

Talk about Italy and people think about great art, friendly people and wonderful food, but for others it means lots of fine wine; and some of the finest wines are produced in the Tuscany and Umbria regions of Italy. These areas are covered with grape vineyards and olive groves. We were able to tour the fantastic Cantina Novelli one of the more progressive vineyards of the region, located near Spoleto and Montefalco. This winery is unique in that it is replanting a long neglected variety of native wine grape.

The vineyard is surrounded by hills topped with villas.

We were able to sample various styles and types of wine, along with a sampling of local meats and cheeses.
The winery itself is stunning, built in the middle of a beautiful area.

It is designed for wine tours and educating people about the wine and the country where it is made. Wine in Italy is unique; every winemaker tries to place their own stamp on the vintages and I can truly say that we didn’t have a bad wine while we were there. To find out more about their wines you can check out their website at http://www.cantinanovelli.it/, they will be happy to answer any questions you have if you e-mail them.

Next stop Rome

Jeff Gustin
Garden Time Producer

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