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Capriva del Friuli | 12.5° Lodging

One of the best beds I’ve slept on in a while was way up in FVG, on a hill not far from Gorizia which gives its name to an outstanding Collio region estate, Russiz Superiore,  property of one Marco Felluga. Not that we realized that when we finally arrived at the Relais Russiz Superiore in the middle of a wet night, betrayed by the sat …

Vinci | Wine Loft

Finding the dalleVigne Wine Loft requires a bewildering transit through an industrial estate. But once you reach it, it’s quite a find. As a restaurant, it’s known for consistently superior cuisine, beautifully presented, in a smart but relaxed ambiance with a marvellous view over the Montalbano hills west of Florence. And surprisingly, given said hills, it’s renowned for a fabulous fish menu. …

Bolognano | Grape Gallery

The sweeping view from the winery encompasses rolling hills planted with neat rows of vines receding to a backdrop of distant mountains. Less predictably, looming in the foreground are giant sculptures and art installations. From family vineyard yielding no more than 1000 bottles a year in the late 1970s to blue-ribbon winery with a total production of over 500,000 cases of …

Casacanditella | The Old Manor

A fine retreat at any time of year, the Castello di Semivicoli has a particular attraction during these sultry dog days: it’s just 20 minutes from the Adriatic coast and 20 km from the Majella mountain nature reserve, in the hilly heart of the Abruzzo region. Dating back to the 1600s and seat of the local barony, this large manor (no battlements) …

Isola di Mazzorbo | Venissa

A half-hour boat ride northeast of Venice, and notwithstanding its connection to Burano (albeit via an impossible wooden bridge), Mazzorbo is one of the lesser islands in the lagoon, sparsely populated and happily overlooked by tourists. This is where you’ll find Venissa, an estate, an exclusive wine of élite promise, a restaurant and hostel, a bold project. Behind the project are the Bisol family, wine …

Verona | Vinitaly 2012

It’s Vinitaly time again, when experts and oenophiles in general flock to Verona for some serious Bacchanalian business and not a little merrymaking. The 46th grand wines and spirits fair at Veronafiere, bigger and better than ever, unrolls one of the rare flourishing sectors of the Italian economy just now, with the highest level of production in the world, though still just behind …

Bologna | Osteria del Sole

Osteria del Sole is an off-beat bar that’s been open for generations, since 1465 they assure us, tucked away in an alley in the historic centre of town, a stone’s throw from Piazza Maggiore. It’s understated, to say the least, with nothing to indicate you’re at the right place but a tissue-box-sized sign with the word VINO above the door. And …

Isola d’Elba | Tenuta delle Ripalte

Tobia Scarpa is the architect of the recently completed Tenuta delle Ripalte winery on the island of Elba, the largest in the Tuscan archipelago, only 10 km from the mainland and remarkably unspoiled. Like his father Carlo Scarpa, Tobia has a long and distinguished career in industrial design as well as architecture. Tenuta delle Ripalte is his first winery, a long rectangular structure which seems …

Nalles | Nals Margreid Winery

New premises for award-winning winery Nals Margreid, up in the Trentino Alto Adige region famed for its high-altitude orchards and vineyards. This season’s harvest, from 140 growers making up the cooperative with crus spread over a wide area around Magrè and Nalles, has been collected and vinified under the one roof of the renovated and extended buildings next to the church. Under …

Casale Marittimo | OT Wine

Oliviero Toscani: photographer, designer, thinker, mover, shaker, horse-breeder, want-maker and as of late, winemaker. The new family business occupies 12 hectares of prime Tuscan wineland just outside Pisa. Our wine, like our lives, is the image of past, present and future, filled with enthusiasm, passion, imagination, emotion, success and beauty. Oliviero Toscani Together with two of his four children, Rocco …

Torgiano | Wine Wellness

A moderate intake of red wine is widely and wishfully thought to be salutary. The oddly-named bellaUve spa in Umbria takes the concept a step or two further, and invites you to bathe in it. The spa is dedicated to vinotherapy, as it is called here. Active principles in grapes and vine leaves are antioxidants, but also, it seems, revitalising, …

Verona | Another Love Story

The cork is set to pop on the 45th edition of the world’s greatest wine frolic. Five whole days (April 7-11) of events, from adjudicating the finest wines (bound to be a romp), through tastings, lectures, forums and seminars on present and future trends (back to school), to an international packaging competition (the lighter side of wine design). Seriously, Vinitaly …

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