2019 Wrap up

2019 was another great vintage with a lot less drama than 2018 less hail and more typical weather in fact a few producers were harvesting till the end of October.
We spent even more time in the mountains this year because customers have asked to join us. They are always suprised how many options their are from 90 minutes to 4hours in almost any direction. After all Piemonte Means “foot of the mountains” They are even more surprised about the vines growing at high elevation. As we write this (Feb 1st) 2020 is of to a good start lets hope it continues.

River PO head waters

Winter in the Po valley

Ballooning over Barolo

Paragliding in Chamonix

Hiking in the alps

Hiking in the clouds

Getting the shot

Starderi Party time

2018 Wrap up

2018 seemed to zip by even faster than 2017. 2018 was off to a rough start with a lot of hail in the spring but the weather turned around so the 2018 vintage not only ended up being very good in quality but in a rare instance quantity is also up. Some producers were saying last fall that their tanks were bursting with wine 🍷. We started 2019 with our first tour on Jan 4, thankfully they were from Kiev so the chilly 🥶 weather was no problem for them. We are currently knee deep with the flood of emails we receive every year for the new season. Below are a few photos of our travels this past year as you can see we spent a lot of time in the mountains to cool off in July and August and do some hiking and photography.


Aperitivo in the Stura valley

We finally got to sleep in a Botte (cask)

Hiking near Pontechianale


Hiking and aperitivo in the Dolomiti Alps in August


Cooling down our Bubbles (Billecart-Salmon) in a glacier stream

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
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Verona home of Amarone, Valpolicella Ripasso, Soave, Bardolino and ……..Starting in the late 90's we travelled to Verona every year to attend VinItaly.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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