Excursion at the Terre dei Gaia
On May 6th,2023, during one of our excursions, we arrived in the Feltrino area, more precisely in the “Terre dei Gaia“, where our friend Claudio Polesana produces organic wines and natural foods.
Claudio guided us through his vineyards on the hills at the edge of the woods, some of them over fifty years old. These vineyards were planted by his ancestors with special piling techniques in order to prevent the effects of landslides and avalanches.
At lunch we were delighted by his natural wines, including the prized “Radiosa Aurora”.
In the afternoon, we took a guided tour of the historic center of Feltre and, finally, we went to visit our partner Vittorio in his bookshop “Il morto da Feltre”.
Visit to the Canevisti vineyards, Breganze
From Breganze main square we reached a villa not far from the town center, where we admired the old vineyards salvaged from local producers.
Then we arrived, after a short climb to the top of a hill (Montegoggio) we listened to the story of the Roccolo vineyard, so called because of a current building, used as a “roccolo”, i.e. a circular structure suitable for catching migratory birds.
The vineyard is made up of ancient species but “married” to other plants. They produce both red and white wine. We then had a snack and tasted two white and two red wines, accompanied by excellent local salami and bread.
We then moved on to Fara Vicentino, for lunch at the charming “Perossi” courtyard, owned by the family of our guide Luca. Great hospitality, great food; great wine!
Particularly successful was the Torcolato, a dried wine paired with delicious desserts.
Finally, we took a walk to the Torre Rossa and the Storia dei Canevisti vineyards. Both are made up of only indigenous grapes with picturesque and evocative names, such as: Vespaiola, Gruaja, Pedevenda, Groppella, Rabiosa, Ottocai. etc.
Other varieties such as Cavrara, Corbina, Negrara, are not present in the vineyard of Storia although they are native varieties of the area. Some specimens are found in the Roccolo vineyard.
I returned to Venice with the souvenirs of a remarkable experience and the warm greeting of such generous people.
May 15th, 2022
Piero Santostefano, a local history scholar, told us about Lio Piccolo from its origins to the present day. We visited the church of Santa Maria della Neve and the permanent exhibition “Fragments of the Lagoon” at the former nursery school.
Then, after a nice walk among the salt marshes, we arrived at the “Le Saline” farmhouse where we visited the vineyard and tasted the wine produced nearby.
The dinner menu was entirely based on the locally grown and prized “violet artichoke of Sant’Erasmo”.