They are hands down two of my favorite wine regions on the planet. Alto Adige is accurately described as "Yosemite valley with grapevines and better food!" by a good wine friend. The Veneto is simply one of the greatest spots for wine in the world. And in this class, we'll taste and learn about both!
In this new class, we'll dive deep into the history, culture, foods, and of course wines of Alto Adige and the Veneto while tasting selections from some my favorite producers.
We'll start with Alto Adige and the wines of Tramin. I've had the pleasure of visiting Tramin twice in my life, both times tasting with legendary winemaker Willi Sturtz (the man in the picture above), who has shaped my understanding of the region completely. These are transformative wines that speak of a place better than most wines of the world, and I can't wait to teach you about them. We'll start with the geography and history of the area, the historical connections to Austria, and the assumption of the region by Italy in the early 20th century. We'll also cover the influence of the region on World War II.
What sets Alto Adige wines apart from all others is the tension in the flavors, the bracing acidity, the impact on the palate, and the affinity with the local foods. These are some of the best wines in the world, in my not so humble opinion.
Next we'll go headfirst into the Veneto, surrounding the city of Verona, and focus on another favorite producer: Zenato. In this special line up we'll taste all three main reds of Valpolicella side by side: regular Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone. By tasting the wines of only one producer, we'll learn how the special winemaking techniques of the region truly influence the final product.
Finally, we'll talk about the foods of the regions including giving you cool recipes to try at home yourself.
This new class will be a great experience for you to open your eyes to two often overlook regions: Alto Adige and the Veneto!
Photo from Italy This Way