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The provinces of Campania are: Naples (the regional capital), Caserta, Benevento, Avellino and Salerno. OUR WINES FROM CAMPANIA:Casa Setaro Terramatta Aglianico IGT Terramatta - Casa SetaroCasa Setaro Pietrafumante Caprettone Spumante Pietrafumante - Casa SetaroCasa Setaro Campanelle Falanghina IGT Campanelle - Casa Setaro
EMILIA-ROMAGNA Region WineriesEmilia Romagna lies between the River Po to its north and the Apennine Mountains (to its south). It is one of the most fertile and productive regions of Italy, thanks to the mitigating effect that the Adriatic Sea has on the coastal climate.
The diversity between the mountains and sea offers visitors to Emilia Romagna breathtaking views, in addition to beauty for both the eyes and spirit, with a mixture of the earthy colors, the aromas, and the fresh sea air. Not to mention that Emilia Romagna is a hotbed for music, cinema and art appreciated nationally and internationally.
Many who love the combination of sun, sea, and entertainment choose the Romagna Riviera. It possesses the longest beach in Europe and is where visitors flock to enjoy its sports offerings and leisure facilities. Towns such as Rimini, Riccione, and Cattolica are highly outfitted for touristic reception, emphasizing relaxation and fun.
Further from the coast, the beautiful landscape of the Apennines, for instance, makes the region ideal for horseback riding or trekking in the area between Parma and Piacenza. Make a visit to the splendid parks and wonderful nature reserves.
The hinterland features several wellness spas like Salsomaggiore and Bagno di Romagna, due to its many types of water springs, as well as modern facilities and technology.
Both culinary and artistic methods found themselves on the fertile soil of this land, and their roots run deep.
This is the land of Verdi’s novels and Giovanni Pascoli’s poetry, as well as Fellini’s unmistakable cinema - a director who became a legend through his many masterpieces that come to life in this, his native region. In Emilia Romagna, one can enjoy amazing views anywhere, and the list of places to choose from is endless.
Emilia Romagna sits on the border with the third-smallest country in Europe, the Republic of San Marino.
The provinces of the region are: Bologna (the region's capital), Ferrara, Forli-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia, and Rimini. OUR WINES FROM EMILIA ROMAGNA:Branchini Pignoletto Branchini Frizzante PignolettoBranchini Sangiovese BR1858-Sangiovese.pdf (branchini1858.it)
LOMBARDIA Region WineriesWithin its large territory the landscape comes in infinite variations: the Lombardy region ranges from the Alps to the countryside, from art cities to small hamlets rich in history, in what is Italy’s big lake district (there are more than fifteen lakes). Lombardy is also the perfect destination for those looking for a dynamic, exciting holiday, without getting bored. Where to start exploring Lombardy? Especially from these ten sensational places: 1. Milan: the main city in the region, very modern and versatile, it is always on the go-to thanks to its rich calendar of cultural events, its historic itineraries and artistic treasures2. Bergamo: its charming medieval historic center is protected by walls of the XVI and XVII century – Unesco’s World Heritage site – lying on the hills, in a very scenic location3. Orobie Alps: a mountain range of protected areas and nature reserves stretching from Lake Como to Valtellina and Camonica Valley, among mountain huts, hiking trails, and sports activities4. Mantua: it’s one of the main centers of the Italian Renaissance, nestled in an evocative scenery embraced by lakes on three sides inside a protected nature reserve5. Sirmione: a jewel on Lake Garda, its romantic center enclosed in the peninsula that carries the same name is renowned for its Roman remains and thermal waters6. Lake Como: Italy’s third-biggest lake, thanks to its alluring landscape has attracted artists, poets, and celebrities for centuries7. Franciacorta: in a hilly area between Brescia and Lake Iseo, is a wine region that links its history to the production of a praised DOCG sparkling wine8. Valtellina: a paradise for outdoor lovers, this valley offers endless opportunities for a holiday in the mountains that combines sports, wellness, culture, and good food9. Monte Isola: it is the biggest lake island in southern Europe, a green mountain dotted with villages in the middle of Lake Iseo10. Pavia and Certosa: a city with very ancient origins, it has an important historical legacy made up of great landmarks, first of which the Certosa, a religious complex just out of the city. In Lombardy, there are almost 500 museums and more than one million cultural heritages: among them, the famous Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, the medieval Torrazzo in Cremona, that with its 11 meters is the tallest historic bell tower in Italy, and La Scala Theatre, in Milan, opened in 1778 and among the world’s most famous for opera. In addition, Lombardy is the Italian region with the highest number of Unesco’s world heritage sites: besides Bergamo’s Venetian Walls, also Mantova and Sabbioneta, the Rock Engraving Park in the Camonica Valley, the historic settlement of Crespi d'Adda, the Sacred Mountain of Beata Vergine del Soccorso and the Sacred Mountain of Varese, and the Rhaetian Railway connecting Tirano, in Valtellina, to Sankt Moritz, in Switzerland. OUR WINES FROM LOMBARDIA:Sorsasso Domasino Rosso Domasino red wine I.G.T. Terre Lariane | Sorsasso.comSorsasso Domasino Bianco Domasino white wine I.G.T. Terre Lariane | Sorsasso.com
PIEMONTE Region WineriesPiedmont is in Italy's northwest and borders Switzerland and France. True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy.
Monviso, the Piedmont side of Monte Rosa, and the other spectacular mountains in the region create incredibly beautiful landscapes, and ski resorts abound: Via Lattea and Sestriere welcome winter sports enthusiasts with their state-of-the-art facilities.
The Alps form the background for sweeping, picturesque valleys, e.g. the Val di Susa, Valsesia, and Val d'Ossola. The landscapes of the Langhe and Monferrato are hilly, rather, but just as beautiful, a succession of cultivated hills and vineyards that are dotted with small towns and castles.
Expanses of water and rice paddies, long rows of poplars, and old farmhouses make up the typical scenery of the plains around Novara and Vercelli. Lake Maggiore is the most sought-after tourist resort, including Stresa and the Borromean Islands, charming as they are with their ancient villas surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens.
Yet, nature is only one of the many attractions in Piedmont. This region has many other facets: from Turin – the Italian car manufacturing capital – with its history and remarkable cultural heritage, to other cities such as Cherasco, Alba, and Ivrea.
Next up are the intriguing Medieval castles - like the imposing fortress at Ivrea - and prized works of architecture - the famous Residences of the Royal House of Savoy and the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) certainly deserve to be mentioned. The famous spa resorts of Acqui Terme and Vinadio offer treatments and therapy for a relaxing, reviving holiday. Discoveries and surprises of all kinds are in store for visitors to the region, including a wide range of food and wine to suit every palate.
The region’s provinces are: Turin (regional capital), Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola and Vercelli. OUR WINES FROM PIEMONTE:Ca' Rossa Rose' Nebbiolo Rosé Wine - Wines of Azienda Agricola cascina Ca' Rossa - Roero (cascinacarossa.com)Ca' Rossa Roero Arneis Roero Arneis Docg Merica - Wines of Azienda Agricola Cascina Ca' Rossa (cascinacarossa.com)Ca' Rossa Birbet Brachetto Mosto parzialmente fermentato Birbet - Cascina Ca' Rossa Wines (cascinacarossa.com)
PUGLIA Region WineriesA land of sea, hills, and endless plains, the Apulia region attracts visitors for its amazing coastline (more than 800 kilometers across Adriatic and the Ionian Sea), but also for its art cities and picturesque historical villages, where old religious traditions still live untouched, its countryside masserie immersed in olive groves, and its plenty of farm products that tell of unique ancient flavors. Apulia is always worth a trip, for many reasons. Here we have picked ten top localities for you where to start your discovery of the region:1. Lecce: an art city and Baroque jewel, a real open-air museum scattered with outstanding masterpieces and landmarks2. Gargano: the “spur of the Italian boot” is a promontory of pristine wilderness and wonderful beaches, charming villages, olive and citrus groves3. Alberobello and Itria Valley: among mild elevations and centuries-old olive trees, this is the valley of Trulli and quaint villages like Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino, and Martina Franca4. Ostuni: it’s called “White City” due to its historical center of whitewashed houses, a true sight for the eyes5. Tremiti Islands: the only archipelago in the region, comprises five islands in a nature reserve with a sea that is a paradise for diving6. Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve: a natural oasis and protected sea area, is a valuable ecosystem where many animal species live7. Castel del Monte: built by Emperor Frederick II in the XIII century, is internationally renowned because of its peculiar octagonal plan and is the region’s most visited monument8. Castellana Caves: a 3-kilometer group of underground caves, they are considered the most spectacular in Italy9. Salento: a charming land with a unique history and traditions, among masserie and white sand beaches with crystal-clear waters (no coincidence called “the Maldives of Italy”)10. Polignano a Mare: clinging on a rocky cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, it is a holiday resort much appreciated also for its sea caves and Roman remains.
If you think of Apulia first of all you think of Trulli, the typical dry stone huts with the conical roof of the Apulia’s countryside you find scattered all over the central and southern part of the region. Trulli is widespread in the Itria Valley and in the Murge and especially in Alberobello, whose entire historic center is made up of Trulli: since 1996 the Trulli of Alberobello is Unesco’s World Heritage Site. Another emblematic place of Apulia is Castel Del Monte, an XIII century fortress not far from Andria, also enlisted in the Unesco's world heritage patrimony, as well as the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo, a pilgrimage site in the province of Foggia, and the Foresta Umbra Nature Reserve, in the Gargano promontory. Other uncontested symbols of the region are its dry stone walls, very common in Salento and Itria Valley, and it's invaluable hundred- and thousand-year-old olive trees, that produce a top-end oil, Apulia’s true “gold”. OUR WINES FROM PUGLIA:Alberto Longo Le Fossette Falanghina Le Fossette – Longo (albertolongo.it)Alberto Longo Donnadele Rosato Negroamaro Donnadele – Longo (albertolongo.it)Alberto Longo Primitivo Primitivo – Longo (albertolongo.it)Alberto Longo Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera Cacc’ e Mmitte di Lucera – Longo (albertolongo.it)Alberto Longo Le Cruste Uva di Troia Le Cruste – Longo (albertolongo.it)
TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE Region WineriesTrentino Alto Adige is situated in the very north of Italy bordering Austria and Switzerland and is best known for the beauty of its peaks.
Its territory stretches from the Adamello-Brenta range and the peaks of Ortles and Cevedale to the most striking mountains in Europe: the Dolomites of the Fassa Valley, Brenta, the Gardena, and Fiemme Valleys, and Pale di San Martino. This setting encloses an extraordinary variety of landscapes: magnificent snow-capped mountaintops, woods, wide valleys, streams, lakes, the enchanting play of light between the spires of the Dolomites, typical villages with soaring bell towers, and the myriad shades of unadulterated nature. Hundreds of miles of ski slopes make this region a cutting-edge tourist destination - Madonna di Campiglio, Canazei, Moena, San Martino di Castrozza are the best-known resorts, popular in both winter and summer for their natural surroundings, sports activities, and fun. The landscape of Lake Garda is particularly picturesque; it narrows in Trentino, appearing as a fiord between the high mountains. Land of confluence between Latin and Nordic worlds, Trentino Alto Adige is the guardian of a remarkable cultural heritage, made up of prehistoric evidence, charming castles, sanctuaries, and towns with great historical and artistic significance. A number of spa towns offer treatments and therapies, of which Merano, Lèvico Terme, Peio, Rabbi, and Comano Terme are the most famous.
The provinces of the region are Bolzano and Trento. OUR WINES FROM TRENTINO:Roeno Riesling RenanoRoeno Marzemino VallagarinaRoeno Rosso Roberta