One thing on my wish list (or must do list) for our trip to Northern Italy was a visit to a winery: to get to know and sip new wines, to learn about the making process and to enjoy the experience in the evening sun with fellow travellers and wine enthusiasts. I wanted to see and learn what it means to produce wine – and to taste, of course.
We chose Villa Calicantus, located in Calmasino di Bardolino (Verona). There are plenty of wineries in the Lake region so there really is where to choose from. I booked the visit by email on the previous week. We chose the Total wine tasting.
We started from the winery where our energetic and enthusiastic host and the owner of the place Daniele explained the different phases of producing wine. Villa Calicantus focuses on organic wine. In the cellar we tasted two wines straight from the barrel.
Then we came upstairs and sat on the terrace of the charming villa. Chickens pranced on the yard, the afternoon sun warmed us and ambient Italian music played in the background. We tasted a rosé and two red wines. We had the wines with local products like salami and olive oil and with homemade bread and a delicious mushroom topping. We finished with cherries filled with Grappa and Limoncello.
After the tasting we walked to the vineyard behind the villa and Daniele told about the different tasks one must do when growing the vines. The vineyards are on a hill and from the top opened a view to the lake and the wine area.
I enjoyed the tour and the evening and can recommend it. The visit provided information about the wine production process, but it wasn’t packed with info. It was informative but relaxed, and definitely tasty. If you want to go, make a reservation in advance by email. The price for two was 50 euros. The web page says they also organize Full Moon wine tastings. Might be very nice.