• Ponte di Veja

    The Veja bridge is an attraction not very well known but worth visiting for those coming to Valpolicella. It is located in the municipality of Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo (VR), below the district of Crestena and the hamlet of Giare.
    It is 12 km from Negrar and can be reached by taking the SP12: after passing the hamlet of Fane you arrive at a crossroads where the cheese producer Corrado Benedetti and the Ristorante Croce dello Schioppo are located, going straight ahead you will reach Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo but for the bridge you have to turn right.
    You then exceed the small town of Giare and you will arrive at a convenient parking where there is a tank “parked” in a corner. Parking is free as is the entrance to the bridge.
    Once the car is parked, walk down a small white road next to the restaurant. The bridge can be reached with a 5-minute journey. It is a natural arch with an arch of about forty meters, a minimum thickness of nine meters and a width of twenty meters. It is really impressive and during the hot summer there is a much cooler temperature! There are several paths to be done on foot even for several hours but the visit to the bridge is suitable for everyone.

    Ponte di Veja
    La vista mozzafiato dal Ponte di Veja
    Il percorso del Ponte di Veja
    Parcheggio Ponte di Veja
  • Sbrisolona receipt

    Let’s start by listing the ingredients for Sbrisolona:

    • 400 grams of flour
    • 400 grams of corn flour
    • 400 grams of sugar
    • 450 grams of softened butter
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 200 grams of almonds
    • the tip of a teaspoon of salt

    It is important to respect the doses: flour, butter and sugar are present in equal quantities. The number of eggs corresponds to the ect of flour. Then start by mixing the butter and sugar so that they form a homogeneous mixture. With a blender chop the almonds (keep the whole almonds on one side in order to decorate the Sbrisolona cake later). Combine the chopped almonds in a bowl with the mixture of butter and sugar. Then add the egg yolks, mixing everything together. Mix well, gradually adding flour in order to obtain the right consistency: it must be neither too dry nor too liquid. Line a cake pan of 26-30 cm with the parchment paper and pour into the mixture thus obtained. Care must be taken to cover the entire surface from the cake tin. Close all the holes, but do not smooth the dough. We then form a layer of about 2 cm. Sow the whole almonds over the dough and bake in the preheated oven at 170 degrees for 40 minutes or until the surface of the Sbrisolona is golden and dry. When it is cooked, take it out of the oven, spread some sugar on its surface and let it cool completely. When serving it, break it with your hands, never with a knife. Absolutely to combine with the Recioto della Valpolicella Classico or with the Grappa di Amarone!

    Farina, Mandorle, Zucchero, Uova: gli ingredienti principali. Ed il Recioto per l'abbinamento.
    Mescolare bene il burro con lo zucchero
    Versare nella tortiera formando uno strato di 2 cm
    40 minuti di cottura o fino a quando non sarà dorata ed asciutta
  • Cantine Aperte 2018

    Cantine Aperte 2018: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May

    The countdown has begun for the 2018 edition of Cantine Aperte! The most popular and well-known event of the Wine Tourism Movement is scheduled for the last weekend of May: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May. It’s an event at a national level not only in Valpolicella, there are wineries that adhere in every wine area of ​​Italy!
    From the first edition of 1993 Cantine Aperte has become the most important enotourist event in Italy. We offer several guided tours for the weekend: real sensorial experiences where during the visit we will taste a special selection of our wines. Here is the 2018 open winery program.

    In Verona the participating wineries are:

    VALPOLICELLA
    ACCORDINI STEFANO
    BIXIO PODERI s.a.s.
    BOSCAINI CARLO
    Brigaldara
    CESARI FINE WINES OF VERONA
    FALEZZE DI LUCA ANSELMI
    FLATIO Az. Agr. of Fraccaroli Flavio
    FRATELLI VOGADORI
    GIOVANNI EDERLE – VITICOLTORI IN SAN MATTIA
    LAVARINI Soc. Agr. of Lavarini Massimo and Luigi s.s.
    PIETRO ZARDINI
    SANTA SOFIA CANTINE STORICHE since 1811
    TENUTE UGOLINI s.s.
    TRABUCCHI D’ILLASI Az. Agr.
    VILLA CRINE Az. Agr.

    BARDOLINO
    AZ. AGR. SPARICI LANDINI s.r.l.
    TENUTA LA CA ‘
    ZENI

    SOAVE
    CANTINA CORTE MAINENTE
    CA ‘RUGATE

    LUGANA
    Zenato

    GAMBELLARA
    CAVAZZA Az. Agr.
    GRANDI NATALINA Az. Agr.
    PIERIBONI ADRIANO & FIGLI Az.Agr., S.s., s.a.

    Here the link to consult the participating wineries throughout Italy!

    Cantine Aperte 2018
    Giornata di Cantine Aperte 2018
    Cantine Aperte 2018 - Visita Guidata
  • Amarone vs Recioto

    Amarone and Recioto are the two most important wines of Valpolicella: they are well known all over the world for their unique characteristics.

    Let’s see the differences: both wines are red, made from raised (appassimento) grapes  of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta and Negrara. The grapes are manually  selected at the beginning of September in small boxes and they are left to dry in the” fruittaio”  till January.

    The difference in the production process is in the final part: in the Amarone all the sugar is transformed into alcohol by the yeast. The wine is separated from the skins when all the sugar is fermented in alcool and so it is a dry wine.

    In the Recioto fermentation has been stopped in the middle  to get a well structured wine with a lower alcohol content than the Amarone but with an important sugar residual so as to have a sweet dessert wine. Recioto was already known in Roman times,  Amarone has a recent history: a wine maker forgot to stop the fermentation in a Recioto barrel. The wine become dry and when he tasted it said “This is an Amarone”. Amaro is the Italian for bitter. He enjoyed the wines, he bottled and it has been a so big success that the mistake has been repeated every year!

  • Magnalonga della Valpolicella 2018

    Sunday,the 29th of April  there will be the 21st Magnalonga della Valpolicella in Pedemonte, a small village of San Pietro in Cariano. It is an enogastronomic walkl in the landscape of vineyards and Valpolicella hills with the local food and the typical wines.

    There are various stop on a path of about 8-9 km, each stop has a Magnalonga  dish paired with a Valpolicella wine. The meeting will be in Piazza Donatori di Sangue, near Aido park. Antonio the jester will be available for children and adults waiting to leave: it is indeed tradition to mark the departures with the firing of an old cannon.

    Here are the stop with dishes and wines:

    1st stage – Cantina Tommasi Viticoltori
    Savory croissants stuffed with ham (for the reduced: salted croissants stuffed with Nutella)
    Valpolicella DOC

    2nd stage – Villa Lebrecht
    Savory and mixed salami cake
    Valpolicella DOC

    3rd stage – Villa Rubinelli
    Pasta with duck sauce
    Valpolicella Ripasso

    4th stage – Salumificio Valpolicella
    Sorbetto al  Recioto of Gelato Cupido (alternative non-alcoholic sorbetto)
    Recioto

    5th stage – Mercato Cerasicolo
    Overcooked with red wine with vegetables (for the reduced cutlet with potatoes)
    Amarone della Valpolicella

    6th guest stage – Corte Lenguin
    Monte Veronese seasoned and young Monte Veronese.
    Cherry jam. Breadstick.
    Sparkling white

    7th stage – Piazza Donatori di sangue
    Magnalonga Dessert
    Ticket collection for the Recioto Classico glass at the stands of companies in the square

    8th stage – Piazza Pedemonte
    Coffee and music

    Visit the cellar!

    Percorso Magnalonga
    Percorso Magnalonga
    Magnalonga Valpolicella 2018
  • A day in Valpolicella

    Valpolicella Amarone tours

    A day in Valpolicella with Pagus Wine Tours

    If you are in Valpolicella, or you are interested in trying the wines of Valpolicella, you can’t miss a wine tour around Valpolicella area with Pagus Wine Tours and their expert guides.

    They can take you and show you the beauties of this amazing region and arrange one or more wine tastings in a Valpolicella winery.

    That’s a typical day in Valpolicella: a first stop in a one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy, San Giorgio di Valpolicella with its Romanesque parish church (VIII – XII century) and a great view on Lake Garda, or on the hill of Santa Maria di Valverde at the XVI century church, close to the ruins of a Roman sanctuary, two places rich of history and perfect to admire the amazing panoramic view of hills and vineyards. All the guide have a great knowledge of the history and the territory of Valpolicella and they are sommelier, so they could explain you about wine and land during the tour.

    After this beautiful view the second stop is a wine tasting in a local cellar, where you will discover the entire range of Valpolicella wines DOC (Controlled Denomination of Origin) and DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin) including Valpolicella, Ripasso, his majesty Amarone and Recioto, the sweet historical wine of the region.

    They can offer you others and more kind of wine tours not only in Valpolicella, but also in Soave, Lake Garda, two regions close to Valpolicella, to taste other kinds of wine.

    You can find all the information at their website www.valpolicellawinetours.com

    Pagus Wine Tours
    amarone wine tours