The history of the Berici Hills began 60 million years ago, in another location of Earth, near the Tropic of Cancer. Here, the periodic emergence of lands, volcanic eruptions and the formation of a long coral reef generated multiple layers of rock. In the meantime, the entire area moved northward, where it finally emerged six million years ago.
Today the Berici Hills are a wonderful area. A succession of valleys, plateaus and elevations, which surprise visitors with an extraordinary environment, and a nature that offers magnificent landscapes and pristine places, where one can still perceive the breath of the woods.
Inhabited for 200 thousand years and crossed by life and history, the Berici Hills today host a treasure trove of culture, rural architecture, ancient spiritual centers, and Venetian and Palladian villas. Our family has lived on these lands for centuries, in the very places that formerly belonged to the Giustinian nobility. They reached the foot of the Berici Hills when the long wave of the Republic of Venice came up the rivers, with its load of distant worlds and glory.
Still today we live in Alonte, in the southern part of the Hills, where we continue a winery tradition that we started in 1779. We take care of our 25 hectares of vineyards, which grow on the soil that was once the bottom of that ancient sea. A thin terroir, rich in clay and limestone. A virtuous mix that represents one of the most interesting “crus” for the wine varieties of the whole area.
In 1754, Vicentine abbot Valeriano Canati wrote Il Roccolo Ditirambo. This document contains the first historical citation of Prosecco, the Prosecco of Monte Berico. When we discovered it, we decided to bring this variety back to our hills, and chose the Glera Balbi grape, which is the ancient primitive strain of Prosecco. We grow it organically, like we do with all our other vineyards, by paying careful attention to the ecosystem. This also let us obtain the strict Biodiversity Friend certification.
Year after year, our vineyards and our terroir continue to tell an ancient story.
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A perfect and declared Bordeaux (the 2007 Bugamante), just Veneto enough not to shock me [...] your nose happily wanders among meadows with cherry trees, pepper and that typical touch of grassiness. The taste is geometric, consistent with the smell, always balanced between acidity and tannins, with a strong body without being muscular. Long finish, and with a score: this elegant wine gets an 88/100, without any ifs or buts.
The La Pria Prosecco Brut 0.5 is a Prosecco that finds its strength in the fruit. A crisp and clean apple, a distinct and refreshing citrus vein. A trace – yes, I definitely must write it – of minerals.
The year 2009, in my opinion, is definitely represented by the Bugamante which is the closest to perfection, it is complete, it has everything. There is no lack of smell, acidity, complexity, the moderate astringency of tannins, the tertiary flavors.
At the La Pria Winery you can take part in our wine tastings. Before the tasting, you will briefly visit our organic vineyards and the horse stables, a western-style riding school and horseback walks on the same property. At the end of the visit, we will go to the patio of the Barchessa, or to the room inside, for the wine tasting.
The La Pria organic winery has a barchessa (open barn) inside a 15th-century rural house, which has belonged to the noble Venetian family of the Giustinian since 1465. The garden next to the property hosts a small swimming pool with deck chairs and umbrellas, allowing visitors to relax on sunny summer days.
Our Boston Stables, a western-style riding school, is surrounded by nature, among olive trees and vineyards, deep in the enchanting landscape of the Berici Hills. Inside, you can follow a horse-riding course, or go trekking and horseback riding through the many evocative nature trails in the thick woods and along the country paths that line the slopes of the Berici Hills.
Nicola and Pierluigi Portinari, brothers who started very young in the family butcher's shop, have become a reference point of Italian haute cuisine with the La Peca restaurant, two Michelin stars. Because, despite a secluded way of doing things, of characters unwilling to appear, this is truly one of the best restaurants on the Peninsula. Admirable is the ability to work each ingredient in a spectacular way, the measure and balance, the continuous evolution of the menu, the number of always extraordinary dishes created in recent years, and increasingly oriented towards lightness, digestibility, reduced intake of calories and - above all - the pleasure of the customer.
Simone Lugoboni chef and owner of the Oste Scuro restaurant is the soul of the best fish restaurant in the city. A wrought iron sign indicates this trendy place with a nice family atmosphere, hidden in an alley in the center of Verona. Here, of course, it is the highest quality of the material that makes the difference: fresh, caught, certified sea fish, coming up with a caviar card, one of the oysters and one of the raw, whose margin of error is zero. For over fifteen years Simone has been leading the restaurant with skill and passion, the unmissable place for lovers of seafood. The wine list cannot be outdone, with obvious centrality on bubbles and whites.
Luca Gambaretto is what you don't expect to find in one of the most historic and renowned restaurants in Verona. From his young age he made a powerful weapon to bring balanced innovation to the Maffei Restaurant, a family business now managed together with his sister. Luca Gambaretto, however, is not only Ristorante Maffei. His unstoppable desire to make a revolution in the canonical ranks of restaurants led him to add three other venues in Verona to his deck, plus a replica in Trento: Oblò, Saos, Amo. Three distinct souls, three concepts of premises that speak to different audiences and stand out not only for their cuisine, but above all for the welcome in the dining room and the atmosphere they give at each opening.
Francesco Alberti is chef and owner of the Osteria Al Ritorno in Grezzana (Verona). After starred experiences abroad, he returns to Italy to offer a simple but not trivial cuisine. "The Osteria Al Ritorno, a project shared with his partner, fully reflects what it is, in the tastes, in the proposal and in the atmosphere. His cuisine is simple but not predictable, which tries to enhance seasonal products , establish direct relationships with local producers and beyond ».
Chef Stefano Meneghello and Francesca Trezzolani lead the San Marco restaurant with great passion, proposing themselves with a counter-current cuisine. The menu often varies due to the seasonality of fresh products, mainly fish dishes according to market availability. The quality of the dishes is perceptible from the raw material, the immediacy of the flavors made with essential combinations and the technique of execution. Here everything is homemade, from pasta to desserts and bread, up to the smoked fish.
Leaving Vicenza, following the road to Casale where the Bacchiglione forms a loop, we find a place where time seems to have stopped: Trattoria Alla Baracca. Under fascinating centuries-old mulberry trees, with the rustling of the river water in the background, Debora and Maria Lidia offer a family welcome that demonstrates the love and passion of three generations that have stood the test of time. The cuisine is traditional and fluvial. The baked eel and seasonal dishes by chef Danilo are memorable. The renovated interiors of the Baracca are simple, welcoming and with a taste that does not betray tradition.
The patron Francesco Balsamo leads the restaurant Camaleonte, a new restaurant surrounded by nature in a small village on the slopes of the Berici Hills. Francesco...
Enzo Berlanda leads La Cocota in Milan with a customer-oriented approach, proposing different solutions, in a family context. La Cocota is not just a wine bar, but a wine shop with unusual culinary proposals. Framed in a lounge and elegant environment, finely furnished with a minimal and at the same time warm taste, Enzo will welcome you to make you try an unforgettable taste experience, the ideal place for an aperitif with friends and for refined gourmet tastings.
Just beyond the walls of the city of Verona, Al Capitan della Cittadella is one of the most popular Veronese addresses for those who want to satisfy their craving for fish. Pleasant contemporary atmospheres with marine touches, the preparations are mainly the classic Italian ones that focus on the product without excessive complications, where the owner Andrea leads the restaurant with great skill, together with the joviality and attention of all the staff.
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