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Our final day in Italy dawned as sunny and warm as all the others. A final breakfast at the hotel, we cleared our rooms and put our bags into store, and boarded a small coach which took us round the corner (not quite literally) to the beautiful Palladian Villa Angarano. Giovanna Bianchi Michiel, greeted us…(Read More)

After a free morning in Bassano, much appreciated after our long day on Friday, our coach took us to the town of Breganze, to Col Dovigo, a family winery making wines under this little known DOC. Valentina explained that her great grandmother Caterina moved to the area and purchased vineyard land, later marrying local vigneron…(Read More)

Tim had alerted us to the long drive, and we were all ready at 8am.  Towards 11am, after a lot of very flat scenery and a very quick coffee stop, we suddenly saw hills.  Then we were driving up into the Colli Orientale de Friuli (eastern hills of Friuli) to arrive at the one of…(Read More)

High in the Cartizze hills of Valdobbiadene is Bisol, one of the most famous prosecco producers.  Daniela, our guide, explained that the family have been in the village of Santo Stefano de Valdobbiadene since the 16th Century, the winery was founded in 1875 to make grappa, and in 1899 Desiderio Bisol started making prosecco and…(Read More)

About an hour’s drive to the east of Bassano del Grappa is the town of Venegazzù, home of the Loredan Gasparini estate.  Here, Giancarlo Palla and his son Lorenzo make prosecco under the Asolo DOCG and red wines under the Montello DOC. Lorenzo greeted us and under some shade he described the unique terroir…(Read More)

Back to Grappa


The final Spring tour has taken Tim and a lovely mix of longstanding and brand new wine tourists back to Bassano del Grappa, in the heart of the Veneto, from where we will be discovering Prosecco, the wines of the Colli Orientali de Friuli and Friuli Isonzo, and the little known area of Breganze.  This…(Read More)

A fine finale


Our final night dinner was at the Michelin starred Trigo restaurant in Valladolid. Having first experienced this excellent establishment in 2012 I was keen to return. We were not disappointed.  Impeccably elegant appetizers: frogs legs, cod and squid ink creations, delicious bundles of rice, foie gras, red mullet, amazing cheeses and a sensational dessert all…(Read More)

Saturday took us to the lesser known area of Cigales to the north of Valladolid. Despite only obtaining DO status in 1991, Cigales has a long winemaking history but was devastated by phylloxera and was slow to recover. It always had a reputation for top class rosado, but more recently its red wines made from…(Read More)

Friday was our Ribera del Duero day and a spectacular sequence of events unfolded as we headed east out of Valladolid. The Ribera del Duero is a very high quality wine region that has attracted some of Spain’s top wine makers and biggest companies and has really come to prominence over the past 30…(Read More)

Our tour to Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro and Cigales has begun! Our journey from Madrid to Valladolid was trouble free and we had plenty of time to settle in to our hotel.  We convened for a quick glass or three of Verdejo before heading out to Trasto restaurant in the centre of town.  Having…(Read More)