As I have mentioned a few times, I am currently in Italy as the result of a quick press trip sponsored by the makers of Mezzacorona and Rotari wines. While the trip itself was brief (only three days), it was not short on information about the wines and the region. There was also plenty of incredible food and numerous outbursts of laughter–without a doubt a great trip.
I will be publishing more about the trip soon, but here are just a few of the dozens of photos I took over the course of the three days.
Lunch, shortly after landing in Verona and following a short drive to Lake Garda.
After a quick nap, we had aperitivo lakeside with Mezzacorona Rosé.
Sunset along Lake Garda.
Hotel Baia dei Pini.
The following day we drove up to the town of Mezzacorona and the winery that shares its name.
We quickly drove up into the vineyards and inspected some Pinot Noir.
The Dolomites provide unique soils and character to the wines.
The towns in the Adige Valley are brightly colored and adorable (I hate that word, but it is appropriate here!).
Our first tasting in the vineyards (under la pergola Tentino) with a grower family and Mezzacorona winemaker Lucio Matricardi (center).
Another vineyard stop, this time to inspect a 250-year-old Teroldego vine.
Teroldego grapes on the verge of harvest.
Drinking Teroldego Rotalino Reserve with another of the 1,500 growers that make up the Mezzacorona cooperative.
Lunch was up in the mountains and included a lively discussion centered around Pinot Noir.
The hotel that night was in Trento, and we were just a few steps away from the city’s main square.
The following day, it was back to the winery, this time to visit Rotari and the sparkling wine production.
Rotari falls under the increasingly popular TrentoDOC, perhaps the finest region for sparkling wine production in Italy.
The impressive steel structure at Rotari from underneath.
After a tour of the facility, Lucio opened a bottle of 1997 Rotari which had been resting on the lees for two decades. After a quick disgorgement à la volée, we had one of the more memorable sparklers I have tried in a while.
Lunch that day was at Lake Caldonazzo where Lucio and fellow writer Deborah Grossman hammed it up a bit.
The Mezzacorona team (left to right): Giovanna, Lucio, Deanna, and Barbara.
Dinner that night was in the winery, where we polished off a number of bottles.
The entire crew (I am the non-short one).
We had to eventually bid arrivederci to Rotari….
…and Mezzacorona, but Lucio invited us back any time.