Some times I wonder if I will ever stop finding the magic in Italy- if my fascination with this country and all of its beautiful food and wine will slow to a trickle. How long is it possible to sustain such an incredible level of enthusiasm?
That’s when I remember that warm, glowing feeling that comes over me every time I step off a plane in Milano, Catania, Verona, Torino… Equal parts happy anticipation, and peaceful homecoming.
“You may have the entire Universe, if I may have Italy.”
If you think the Cinqueterre are important just for spectacular views and day hiking, think again. Campogrande winery is out to prove that the Cinqueterre means business. Serious wine business, anyway.
This winery is driven by Elio Altare, a renowned Barolo producer, and Antonio Bonanni, a local Ligurian winemaker. Together they craft tiny productions of three wines, which illustrate the world-class potential of Cinqueterre wines.
I first experienced Sciacchetrà wine in college, while travelling through the Cinque Terre with my roommates from Bologna. The locals in the town of Monterosso where we rented a room for a few nights tried to sell us on the idea that this was a magical wine that would make men fall madly in love with us. In reality, we were the one to fall in love- with the local Ligurian pesto and fresh seppia. Continue reading