A Visit to the Veneto

Pirate near Soave Castle
Pirate near Soave Castle

Soave and Illasi..

We had a fantastic time visiting the Veneto region of Italy.  The Veneto is in the northeastern corner of Italy and includes the romantic cities of Venice and Verona, both of which we stayed in as a base to explore the rest of the region.  The Veneto is home to some of the best wines in the entire country including Valpolicella, Amarone, Soave, Franciacorta and Prosecco.  The food of this region is also fabulous with specialties including Asiago cheese, Sopressa, Prosciutto, Olive Oils and much more.   To ensure that we hit all of the best spots, we booked a private chauffeured wine and gourmet tour with  Cellar Tours Italy.  Simona, our trusted point of contact, put together a very special itinerary and handled all of the details.  We had a fabulous driver take us to each place and never had to worry about getting lost or holding back on having one more glass of wine!  Everything was perfect!  We cannot recommend Simona and Cellar Tours highly enough.

The first wine area we visited in the Veneto was Soave.  Soave is known for its crisp white wines made from the Garganega grape.  Unfortunately, in the US, Soave wine has a bad reputation as the only kind most people are familiar with is the mass produced and mediocre-at-best, grocery store wine Bolla Soave.  It is too bad that more Soave wines are not imported into the US, because they can be fantastic.

Entrance to Coffele Wine Estate
Entrance to Coffele Wine Estate

Soave is also the name of the tiny town we visited, surrounded by medieval walls and dominated by an imposing castle.  We had a private tasting arranged at the Coffele family wine estate.   We were greeted by Chiara Coffele who gave us the tour around the facility and told us the history of her family’s business and how they go into wine-making.   We were then graciously welcomed into the home of her father Guiseppe, the founder of Coffele Wines.  We were treated to a large spread of cheeses, meats and breads and given a taste (or more) of every wine they produce.  They were all spectacular.  Our favorites were the Ca Visco Soave Classico and the Nuj Rosso del Veneto.

Cajun and Karyn at Guiseppe's table.
Cajun and Karyn at Guiseppe’s table.
Pirate all smiles with the spread at Coffele
Pirate all smiles with the spread at Coffele

 

Soave wines from Coffele
Soave wines from Coffele

After the tasting, it was time for lunch at Lo Scudo restaurant right in the heart of Soave with a view of the imposing castle walls.  The food was wonderful, many courses, many more bottles of Soave.

Karyn at Lo Scudo
Karyn at Lo Scudo
Desert at Lo Scudo
Desert at Lo Scudo

 

Just when we felt that we could not eat or drink another bit, we were whisked off on a scenic drive to the town of Illasi.  Our destination was the Bonamini Olive Oil Estate where a private tour and tasting was arranged for us.  We were greeted by the owner Sabrina who gave us a tour of the facility and her crops.  Then it was time for a tasting.  Wow was it delicious!  So good in fact that we bought a case of their olive oil and shipped it home.  We now know what we had been missing all these years and vow to never use another brand of olive oil again.

Bonamini Olive Oils
Bonamini Olive Oils

 

Pirate tasting the olive oil.
Pirate tasting the olive oil.

 

 

Azienda Agricola Coffele, Soave.

http://www.oliobonamini.com/eng/dove.php

 

 

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