2013 Harvest !

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Harvest is underway here in the Langhe, just outside of Neive on the way to Mango is a well positioned vineyard called Sterpone in the borgata with the same name. Robert spent the early morning shooting harvest of our friends Susan & Franco Rocca

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Franko unloads harvest tubs…..

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Todays grape varietal is Barbera
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While a friend stops by to chat, Susan say "hi" while continuing to pick grapes.
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All the grapes are harvested by hand in the Langhe.
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A very happy winemaker with this years crop of Barbara grapes.
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Robert prefers to shoot photos instead of picking during harvest.

No Time...

September and harvest is upon us. Everyone is really busy and excited for an exceptional harvest if the weather cooperates!

This is a blog written by one of our recents customers that we would like to share.

Wine Tasting Out of Turin

This past weekend, Mr. Goat and I traveled to Turin, Italy, which is about a 5 1/2 hour train ride from Zürich — or, that is, should have been. So when we were booking the trip, I noticed there was a direct train to Milan and then a connection to Turin. Sounded like a good plan to me. Mr. Goat, however, decides that he wants to shave 25 minutes off the trip by adding in 2 more connections. Therefore, we ended up with the plan of Zurich –> Bern –> Brig –> Milan –> Turin.
Well, needless to say, we got as far as Bern before that whole plan went out the window. You will find this hard to believe, but we were actually on a Swiss train that was late. Yep, we got into Bern a grand total of seven minutes late. Which, apparently, was enough to make us miss our connection. Cue eye roll and “I told you so.”
Now what would have been arrival in Turin around 11pm Friday turned into arrival closer to 1:30am. Luckily, we made those later connections and sure enough arrived at our AirBnB apartment shortly after 1:30. Exhausted and hoping to get sleep before our next busy day, we went straight to bed.
Saturday, to our great relief, was just one of those idyllic days that you look back upon and long to recreate.
Let me begin by saying that this was a very last minute trip for us. As in, we just decided on Thursday that we were going away for the weekend. We chose Turin because it was close enough to Zurich to use the trains, which made it cheaper than most other destinations we were looking at. And because it was near a famous wine region in Italy:
Piedmont. Which meant we damn well better be able to make it out wine tasting if we went to Turin. Thus, on Thursday, I spent the morning searching for wine tours. I emailed about three tour guides and one of them not only had one of those speedy replies that makes you renew your faith in the ability of humankind to integrate with technology, but said they were available! I spent some time doing what I could to evaluate them — which was actually quite easy, seeing as they were the most visible and had the most reviews out of all our options. So I booked it!
And, as I alluded to earlier, they did not disappoint. We had one of those perfect days. Where you don’t have to worry about a thing and you can completely relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and delicious food and wine. Which is exactly what you want when exploring wine country, right? If you are curious to hear more details about the tour, see my
Trip Advisor review.
But really, I cannot recommend
Travel Langhe enough. If you decide you need to explore a wine region in Italy, you would do well to pick them and the Piedmont region. In fact, we’re already talking about when we’ll be back! icon_smile One weekend and one day of that in wine country was not nearly enough time.
And now for the picture section of the post:


Romantic tasting in the middle of the Pasquale Pelissero vineyards in front of ciabot Bricco San Giuliano


Favorite photo of the trip


The BEST specialty store we have been in. Lots of samples to try (which meant we bought just about all the food they were sampling), and being surrounded by laughing, happy people. This Enoteca in Neive was like a dream.


Wine country view




View of Turin from the top of the Mole Antonelliana


Me walking the magnificent streets of Turin


My second favorite photo of the trip. Taken in Parco del Valentino