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A Town in Abruzzo Has A Magical Wine Fountain... And It’s Free

A Town in Abruzzo Has A Magical Wine Fountain... And It’s Free | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

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Stop what you’re doing and start planning your next vacation—and don’t forget to pack a wine glass.

A vineyard in the Abruzzo region of Central Italy has installed the tourist destination of your dreams, a wine fountain, Mashable reports. This magical destination is exactly what it sounds like, a fountain that flows 24-hours a day with red wine. And the best part is that the wine is completely free.

This so-called fontana di vino is located in the Dora Sarchese vineyard in the small town of Caldari di Ortona, which sits on the Italian pilgrimage route of Cammino di San Tommaso. According to The Local, the fountain is a joint project of the vineyard and a non-profit group that works to protect the pilgrimage route. It was inspired by a similar wine fountain that opened on Spain’s pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a few years ago. [...]

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The TIME dedicates an article to the free wine fountain in Abruzzo

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Italy's Fizz whizzes: prosecco tasting in Veneto

Italy's Fizz whizzes: prosecco tasting in Veneto | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

“It’s pretty,” one of them says, “and feminine.” “Yes,” says another, “soft, slightly sweet, a real ladies’ drink.”

We are in the tasting room at Ca’ dei Zago, a prosecco producer just outside Valdobbiadene, north of Venice and Treviso, and one of the two major towns in the prosecco-making region, an area of the Veneto that covers around 20,000 hectares. [...]

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A Wine Travel To Abruzzo

A Wine Travel To Abruzzo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian food, wine and travel blog showcasing the region of Abruzzo discussing grapes: Montepulciano and Trebbiano and foods: zafferano, confetti di Sulmona, spaghetti alla chitarra. [...]

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Italy is made up of twenty regions with distinct characteristics. Every town, every village, makes the same dish in vastly different ways, and every town and village has its proudest specialty.
Abruzzo is one of Italy's little-known treasures: a tranquil mingling of mountains and coastline, it is sparsely populated and rarely visited by tourists. Abruzzo is one of Italy's largest producers of wine is home to a number of first-class wines.
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Controguerra, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

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Exploring Campania with the "Italian Food, Wine and Travel group"

Exploring Campania with the "Italian Food, Wine and Travel group" | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

June’s installment of #ItalianFWT takes us back to southern Italy, to the beautiful and delicious region of Campania. For you foodies out there it is important to note Campania is credited as the birthplace of pizza, spaghetti and Buffalo Mozzarella! Campania is yet another perfect region to explore the wonders of Italy. [...]

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Time to explore the Campania Region of Italy with the "Italian Food, Wine and Travel group" (#ItalianFWT) organized by Vino Travels, lover of all things Italian. The group convenes monthly to explore Italian wine regions.

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10 Reasons to Drink "Real" Italian Wine

10 Reasons to Drink "Real" Italian Wine | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Their wine reads like a story in a bottle, a liquid recollection of place and people....

By "real" Italian wine, I mean quality wine made by artisan vintners: stewards of land and culture, who grow grapes with organic, biodynamic or sustainable methods and who intervene minimally in the cellar. Their wine reads like a story in a bottle, a liquid recollection of place and people. [...]

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

Why drink "real" Italian wine?

  1. Good for the planet.
  2. Skip the headache.
  3. Funky native grape varieties
  4. Become a terroirist
  5. Travel (vicariously and actually)
  6. Meet the vintners
  7. Be an Individual in a Community
  8. Connect to culture
  9. Discover the Food
  10. The Pleasure of Taste
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Wendy Yackimec's curator insight, May 1, 2015 10:56 AM

I agree with all these reasons. Definitely headache free, food friendly and also some great aperitif wine.

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Piedmont wine route: top 10 guide - by theguardian.com

Piedmont wine route: top 10 guide - by theguardian.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Taste the best of Italy’s Piedmont region on this route through Langhe and Roero, enjoying its outstanding barolo and barbaresco wines, staying at vineyard B&BS and eating at traditional osterie

Even in the midst of summer, the idyllic vineyard landscapes of Piedmont are rarely invaded by crowds of tourists, and the run-up to the grape harvests, beginning in September, can be an ideal time to visit winemakers, who have more time than usual to let visitors taste their vintages. [...]

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Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers

Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Tuscan Wine Tour For Photographers : explore all manner of photo techniques in beautiful Italy for all skill levels and those who have a passion for wine!
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Tasting the Unknown: A Visit to Two Italian Wineries

Tasting the Unknown: A Visit to Two Italian Wineries | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One thing’s for certain when it comes to studying wine: there’s always something new to learn. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp on a certain grape or wine region, a new growing area gets recognized or a unique wine style emerges or a change to production requirements takes place.  The ever-evolving nature of wine is what makes studying it as exciting as it is challenging! ...traveling through Italy that I learned just how diverse the country is when it comes to its grapes and wine styles. There are more varieties than I’ll ever be able to taste in my lifetime, so it was a real treat to spend time drinking my way through lesser known Italian regions and learning about grapes that I knew little to nothing about. [...]

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Best Italian wines by Jamie Goode

Best Italian wines by Jamie Goode | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
FROM fresh and fruity whites to bold and complex reds, let our expert Jamie Goode be your guide on a grand tour of Italy’s finest wines
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Jailhouse Hock: Italian inmates produce prison wine - Telegraph

Jailhouse Hock: Italian inmates produce prison wine - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A group of inmates on a remote prison island off the coast of Italy have started producing their own wine, making them perhaps the country's most unlikely vintners.

The prisoners are incarcerated on the tiny island of Gorgona, the farthest flung speck of the Tuscan archipelago. The island has been a penal colony since 1869.

The inmates planted a vineyard recently and have now produced 2,700 bottles of white wine, a blend of Vermentino and Ansonica grapes.

They will not be allowed to sample it themselves – instead it will go on sale to restaurants and wine bars around Italy, starting next week.

The 50 prisoners on the island, which is covered in Mediterranean scrub, pine trees and holm oak forest, have been given wine-producing tips by the Frescobaldis, one of Italy's oldest and most respected winemaking families.

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Italian Prosecco wine... what to know about it?

Italian Prosecco wine... what to know about it? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Can you recognize a good Italian Prosecco wine? After reading this article you will be able to choose the real Italian Prosecco
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Attention, Wine Lovers: You Really Need To Visit Southern Italy

Attention, Wine Lovers: You Really Need To Visit Southern Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

From the rolling hillsides in Benevento to the steeply terraced vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, the ancient region of Campania offers homegrown wines that are as varied as the landscapes. Here, Momofuku's beverage director, Jordan Salcito—who produces her own private label in Campania—explains why southern Italy should be on every wine lover's map. [...]

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The wines of southern Italy are bold, full-bodied, and satisfying. Read more on [source]

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Gourmet Italy: what to eat and drink in Umbria

Gourmet Italy: what to eat and drink in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tim Jepson offers a guide to the best dishes, destinations and food-themed holidays in Umbria, the "green heart of Italy". [...]

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What to eat in Umbria?

Hams and salami as antipasti, Porchetta, Farro or spelt around Monteleone di Spoleto, the rare Fagiolina of the Lake Trasimeno, Bettona's peas, Lenticchie (lentils) di Castelluccio. The pastas: manfricoli, ciriole, picchiarelli, cavatelli, and stringozzi or strozzapreti. Truffles, trouts of the nera, eels of Lake Piediluco ... this is just to start... read the article

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Prosecco: A toast to Italy's finest fizz

Prosecco: A toast to Italy's finest fizz | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Susy Atkins escapes the crowds and heads for prosecco country – the secret "garden of Venice" where the zesty, fashionable wine is made
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From Etna Bianco to Marsala, a Sicilian Wine Tour

From Etna Bianco to Marsala, a Sicilian Wine Tour | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Thanks to much better vineyard and cellar work, many of the wines carry a liveliness, brisk acidity and restraint. The winegrowing renaissance in Sicily has proceeded faster than the DOC laws, so this is one region where you shouldn’t hesitate to buy IGT labeled wines.  [...]

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An Italian Winemaker Profile: The Lungarotti Family

An Italian Winemaker Profile: The Lungarotti Family | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Lungarotti Winery in Umbria, Italy As an Italian expat, I have fallen in love with Umbria, and with Umbrian wine. Last fall, I had the pleasure of enjoying a day at the Lungarotti winery in Torgiano, a quaint town between Perugia and Assisi in the rolling hills of Umbria. I often talk about the passion of Italian winemakers, but I would soon learn how deep a family’s passion can go. Our tour guide at Lungarotti was Grazia, who had an interesting story of her own. She actually visited the winery with her school when she was only six years old and today, as a young adult, leads the company’s hospitality efforts. Lungarotti wines was founded by Giorgio Lungarotti in 1962, what started as a small hobby among family and friends. His passion for production grew and he studied and invested in the land and the vineyards to create the best possible wine the region could produce. Some refer to Giorgio as the one who "drew the world wine map in Umbria". He would soon amass a burgeoning wine

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Umbria: Wines from the green heart of Italy - BrowsingItaly

Umbria: Wines from the green heart of Italy - BrowsingItaly | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Umbria, has an ancient tradition of vine cultivation, and today, together with high quality wine production, offers a plethora of outstanding wines.

Umbria was included among the top 10 best wine travel destinations 2014 by the American wine magazine Wine Enthusiast.

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Piedmont and the World's 10 Best Trips for Wine Lovers

Piedmont and the World's 10 Best Trips for Wine Lovers | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There’s nothing quite as enchanting as a vacation in one of the world’s great wine regions, where stunningly beautiful vineyards serve as the perfect backdrop for tasting some of the best vintages available. And while more and more wine destinations seem to sprout up every year, some places will always set the standard for wine lovers. These 10 essential trips will inspire you to explore the wide world of winemaking.

  • STELLENBOSCH - South Africa
  • SONOMA COUNTY - California
  • BURGUNDY - France
  • BAROSSA VALLEY - Australia
  • PIEDMONT - Italy - As if the sumptuous Barolos and Barbarescos produced in Piedmont weren’t reason enough, the area’s high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants, luxurious hotels, and high-end spas - not to mention scenic vistas with pretty hills at the base of the Alps - are increasingly luring visitors to Le Langhe in northwest Italy. Worthy wine-tasting stops (advance reservations are usually necessary) in Barbaresco include Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy and Produttori del Barbaresco. In Barolo, make a trip to the familial Fratelli Barale, in operation since 1870. Insider Tip: Combine your passions for fine food and wine by visiting in the fall, when white truffles make their coveted (and expensive) appearance in local markets and restaurants.
  • WILLAMETTE VALLEY - Oregon
  • CENTRAL OTAGO - New Zealand
  • LA RIOJA - Spain
  • DOURO VALLEY - Portugal
  • MOSEL VALLEY - Germany
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Yepp reason enough to visit Oregon
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The Wines of Umbria

The Wines of Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Wine production in Umbria dates back to ancient times. Archaeological artifacts show evidence that the Etruscans engaged in viticulture along the banks of the Tiber River well before the Romans here. But when they did arrive, they too developed a taste for these wines. Around the 12th century, Orvieto was a summer retreat for the Popes, and the then thick, sweet white wine from this area was shipped daily to Rome.

Umbria is landlocked, and enclosed on three sides by the Apennines mountains, but the many rivers that flow through the region bring with them warmer air from the Mediterranean. The interplay of these warmer air currents with the cool air that flows down from the Apennines provides the ideal environment for viticulture. But winemaking in Umbria has always competed with olive oil production and grain cultivation.

Centuries ago, rather than the neatly manicured vineyards we see today, the grapevines were interspersed among trees such as maple, elm, and even olive. The trees acted as natural trellises, raising the grapes off the ground so they could ripen without rotting. As recently as the 1970s, wine production in Umbria was basically a farmhouse operation making wines for local consumption. Today, a few of these family producers have transformed themselves embracing modern production methods and controls, and are now producing high quality wines worthy of international attention.

There are now 13 DOC and 2 DOCG wine zones in Umbria. A few of the distinctive wines you will find in this region are:

  • Grechetto [..]
  • Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG [...]
  • Sagrantino di Montefalco [...]
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