2017 wrap up

2017 was a very busy year (in fact we missed our 10 year anniversary of living in Italy) filled with lots of traveling. We had some repeat customers who requested to see and learn about other wine regions in Italy some well know others not as much so here are a few photos of our wine travels this past year
Verona home of Amarone, Valpolicella Ripasso, Soave, Bardolino and ……..Starting in the late 90's we travelled to Verona every year to attend VinItaly.

Aosta home of Petit Rouge, Prié Blanc and one of the highest vineyards in the world making sparkling wine at 1187m (3,895ft).

Riding up the mountain to our favorite place in the Dolomiti (Dolomites) Collalbo.

Dolomites, Home of Kerner, one of our favorite white varietials in Alto Adige.

Venice, almost home to Prosecco, a very wine friendly city.

Cinque Terre Home to the DOC wine called "Cinque Terre DOP" a white wine made from a blend of Uva Bosco, Albarola and Vermentino.

After 10 years as a one car family we now have a car for photography tours that can get Robert and his customers into the vineyards year round.

Spent three lovely nights in Bergamo, the concert Messa di Requiem at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Front row seats thanks to our friends who know the conductor Corrado Rovaris, a very nice surprise after waiting outside for good seats.

We took the long way home from Bergamo by passing through Torino just in time for the first snow of the season.

After Torino we came home to vineyards covered in snow. Very good for the vines.

A whole year

Wow! it's been a whole year since our last blog thanks to many great customers from referrals, Google and TripAdvisor. 2016 was incredibly busy, it's a good problem to have so much work that we don't have time to do blog posts to generate more business, however we still we still feel bad about keeping family and friends out of the loop of what we've been up to. So here's a quick update on the Nebbiolo Vineyard we planted last year.
In the second year the vines have grown enough to need support wires with lots and lots of help from Mariagrazia and Valter from Icardi. Old cool Poles, training wires and metal stakes for each vine were installed last weekend.
As the wax from the grafting at the nursery wears away the vines are growing fast therefor they need to be tied to the stakes for this year and next then they will be tall enough to be tied to the suport wires
Leslie and our friend Massi from Italy Unfiltered prepare dough for mini burger buns for for the infamas pasquetta party

With easter being late this year the weather was sunny and warm, no rain for once.

Panna Cotta senza mani (without hands) eating contest

Planting our Nebbiolo vineyard !

After years of encouragement we finally planted our own baby Nebbiolo vineyard. Step 1 of many steps was turning over the soilStarderi -5
Step 2 our friend valter lays out the rows with string and poles
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The vine are readied for planting by having their roots cut off this is done to force the new roots to grow down searching for water.
Using a lay out pole the vines are planted in very straight rows.
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Valter oversees The last of the 200 vines being planted.
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Over the next 4 years while we wait for the vines to mature we will have lots of weeding to do along with shopping for a cute little 300 liter tank to make our wine in.