I’ve been looking forward to being invited on a wine tasting trip in Italy since the first Celino’s trip 6 years ago…no, scrap that, my whole life!! So when Claudio invited our General Managers Jane and Jenni, our HR Manager Lesley and myself on the most recent trip to Le Rive cantina, which specialises in producing Prosecco, in the beautiful Veneto region, we were bubbling with excitement!
We flew into Treviso on the Monday, early evening, and enjoyed a fantastic meal with some local wines at our hotel, Borgo Ronchetto in Salgareda. Next morning we headed to Le Rive, owned by the Bonato family has operated for over 100 years and is based in Nigrisia di Ponte di Piave, 30 kilometres from Venice. The business is currently managed by father, Gino and 2 sons Andrea and Luigi. We were welcomed to the vineyard by Andrea and Katya, Export Manager. We had a very enjoyable couple of hours sampling a number of wines. A multi award winning vineyard, Le Rive is particularly well known for its Prosecco and sparkling wines, their Prosecco D.O.C Extra Dry was awarded a Silver Medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2018. What did we learn and what did we like?
Maybe it’s just me, but I assumed that when I saw Extra Dry on a label, that would be an indication of a drier wine. However, when it comes to Prosecco, Brut is drier compared to Extra Dry. One of our favourites on the day was the Prosecco Spumante Brut D.O.C Millesimato.
Perhaps just tipping the scales as our favourite amongst the sparkling wine was the Prosecco D.O.C Frizzante Spago. More delicate, the bubbles were less overpowering allowing the flavours to be more thoroughly enjoyed.
A dark horse, for us, was the Raboso Amabile frizzante Marca Trevigiana I.G.T. This semi-sparkling red wine tasted delicious alongside beautiful cold cuts of salame and prosciutto crudo and could easily be served as a refreshing aperitivo in the summer sun.
When planning a wine trip, it may be hard to see past Tuscany. However, don’t forget Veneto. As well as tasting wine on this trip, we managed to fit in: An afternoon strolling along the lungomare in Lido di Jesolo. A favourite holiday destination of Italians, crowded in the summer, the resort was significantly quieter, though beautiful, late March.
A day trip to Venice. Taking a trip down the Grand Canal on the Vaporetto, standing in Piazza San Marco bewildered by the beauty of the Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale and the views of the Canale Di San Marco beyond, enjoying an Aperol Spritz in the sunshine in the wider streets of the Castello region before a delicious lunch at Nevodi, a fantastic family run restaurant on via Giuseppe Garibaldi.
In summary, yes, this wine tasting trip was well worth the wait!