Discover with us  the magic of Italian wine heritage

krater-wineOenotria, “land of vines”, this was how the ancient Greeks called  Italy. Its variety of landscapes and climates, from the Alps to the shores of Sicily through  chains of hills, mountains and volcanoes, offers an astonishing range of grape varieties that have been cultivated for thousands of years  in their terroirs.

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Under the Romans,  vines were planted throughout the Empire, grapegrowing and winemaking techniques became more advanced, the varietals that best matched soil and climate were selected to improve  quality.

The concept of vintage already existed, as the ancient books report that the fabled Opimiam wine of 121 B.C., an excellent vintage of Falernum, was aged and drunk decades later. 

This red thread that leads to modern times was never cut, though invasions, wars and fights split the country into city states, duchies, kingdoms along two thousand years of entangled events . 

Enjoy a glass of History!

Don’t miss the Merano Wine festival!
by Catherine

merano6It’s really different from the others. First, the stunning venue: not the usual anonimous hangar or hotel artificially lit, but a huge Art Nouveau hall with domed ceilings and large windows up to the roof that let in daylight.

weeping staircases lead to smaller beautiful Jugendstil rooms with lovely chandeliers, an opulent lobby welcomes you into this evocative place where you can have a feeling of ‘900 aristocratic Mitteleuropa. Glamorous ! Makes you feel nostalgic for old-world opulence. ( even if you know that probably your ancestors were not at all familiar with this grand lifestyle! )


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