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It’s our penultimate day in Italy

We are very sad, its our penultimate day in Italy. I love that word but Teresa always laughs at me because I pronounce it wrong. Oh well, what to do. I know, go visit another winery. This time the winery is Alois Lageder. The property has been growing grapes since 1666 but the Lageder family bought the property in 1855. They are on their sixth generation working in the winery. The have vineyards spread all over the Alto Adige but we got to walk through the ones next to the winery. They have already picked the Chardonnay grapes. It’s amazing how they fit the grape vines into the hillside.
They added a state of the art facility about 15 years ago. At the time the solar panels could supply all the electricity but they have grown so much they supply two thirds of the energy.
They were finishing up the fermentation of their merlot and were cleaning out the fermentation tank. It was fun to see them taking out all the skins.
Also in the city is what they claim is the oldest grape vine. It is 600 years old and still grows grapes. Not wine grapes but table grapes.
Tour over, it was time for a tasting. A really neat part of the tasting, they make a Pinot Grigio that is a blend of three different ways of making Pinot Grigio. One is a traditional way, one is with about 15 hours of skin contact and one is they put the whole grape cluster, stems and all into a big oak barrel. There is no pressing of the grape and they leave it for 6-8 months. The cool thing was, we were able to taste the finished product and all of its parts. It was very fascinating.
This is Dea who gave us the tour and tasting. She was amazing.
They have a great restaurant at the winery, the food was awesome. Teresa got ravioli and I got a lamb pita dish.
We headed back to our hotel for some rest but before dinner we took a walk. There are lots of apple orchards in this area. I never realized that they grow apples trees like this but it makes sense for ease of harvest.
Here are some pictures of the houses in the area. As I mentioned yesterday it’s very German looking.
Another picture of this great mountain range. It’s dolomite(where the mountain ranges gets its name from) and feldspar(that’s the pinkish stuff)
One of the few people at the hotel that spoke English is the guy making the pizza. We promised him tonight he could make us a pizza. He so wanted to make us something special so we let him. I told him I like spicy so the next thing I know he is pulling peppers of this plant.
The pizzas were amazing. Mine had the peppers, spicy salami, red peppers and arugula. Teresa’s had speck(it’s a local cured ham) Gorgonzola, onions, potatoes and arugula. They were both very good. That’s Drago the pizza maker.
So ends another day, one full day to go. Oh yes and another winery tour. A presto.

Posted by Matraciaa 18:42

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