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For my two tours to Northern Italy in April and June 2019 we were based in the lovely town of Bassano del Grappa, with charming views out to the foothills of the Alps to the north.  The massive flat plain of the Veneto to the south are the source of most of the prosecco that…(Read More)

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)

Our final day and still one more visit as we headed off for the arduous 3km drive to Villa Angarano on the outskirts of Bassano del Grappa. This Villa is a splendid, classic Palladian structure that is owned by the five Bianchi Michiel sisters and whose history dates back to the Doges of Venice. It…(Read More)

After the long day on Friday, we opted for a relaxing start on Saturday. The sun shone brightly, the views of the mountains were crystal clear and the open market in Bassano was in full flow. The town is very pretty with fascinating little side streets, a wonderful open square and many elements of history…(Read More)

A very full day was in store given our 8am start but well worth it. With the weather forecast proving to be wrong, and far less rain than expected, we arrived at the historic Abbazia Rosazzo close to the Slovenian border in the Colli Orientali. This was to be the setting for our tasting of…(Read More)