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 to explore.
We reconvened after lunch for the 30 minute ride to Breganze and the family owned estate of Col Dovigo. Valentina, daughter of the second generation owners hosted our visit with enormous charm and joy. Breganze has only 15 growers in the DOC and it occupies a beautifully elevated sight with outstanding views.
Col Dovigo make about 200,000 bottles a year comprising 10 different wines – and we tasted all of them!
The Vespaiolo Brut sparkling was delicious; Pinot Grigio, still Vespaiolo, Chardonnay, Merlot, Gropello, Cab Merlot blends and finishing with a sublimely sweet Torcolato – the famous passito of the region.
We all had great fun, learned a lot about a hitherto unknown DOC and experienced the passion of a small family grower.
Two hours later, it was back in the bar for some Prosecco before we set off to Ca Sette restaurant. Set in lovely grounds we enjoyed a stunning final night dinner.
Asparagus and eggs Bassano style did not do justice to beautiful creation on the plate; ravioli with goats cheese and pears cooked in torcolato was a revelation and the beef fillet was simply heavenly. The chocolate pear creation to finish was sublime.
A fabulous final night dinner and yet the tour is not yet over. A Sunday morning visit still beckons……