I am just recently back from my final recce trip to North East Italy and am really looking forward to the first tour in April.
The main purpose of this trip was to hone in on some key aspects of the tour and finalise the routes and lunches.
Prosecco will feature strongly on one day of the tour and we visit two historic estates: Loredan Gasparini and Bisol, followed by a deliciously picturesque lunch overlooking the vineyards at Vedova restaurant. I can guarantee Prosecco will be viewed from a very different and high quality perspective than might be imagined.
We get very close to the Slovenian border in order to understand the Colli Orientali region. Our day will take in visits to a historic Abbey where we taste the fabulous Livio Felluga wines, another lunch overlooking the stunning countryside and a visit to the acclaimed Vie de Romans estate.
In my original plan for the tour I had considered the Lison Pramaggiore as a potential destination. On balance, while there are a number of lovely family owned estates to visit, I have decided to switch our attentions to Breganze, which is just 30 minutes from Bassano. A fascinating selection of indigenous varieties such as Vespaiolo and Gropello, better known grapes like Cabernet and Merlot plus the famed Torcolato dessert wine will be our focus.
As you many of you know, architectural culture is never far from my tours and on the final day we visit Villa Angarano which was built by Palladio.
A terrific tour is in store that will be defined by stunning mountainous scenery, a plethora of exciting wines and grapes, delicious lunches overlooking vineyards and a foray into the world of grappa.