Wine/wino trip to Lake Garda and Valpolicella

Wine tasting at Zeni wine shop in Bardolino

I was looking forward to sharing the first sagra of the year when this recent trip to Veneto was in the planning stage over 2 months ago, but as it turned out, the asparagus festival in question changed the usual date (it had been the same for years!) and I learned a hard lesson: call and confirm an event instead of trusting that everything will go according to plan. Hmpfh!

Fortunately for us, the area we stayed in – just east of Lake Garda – is noted for some delicious wines. And as if that weren’t enough, the agriturismo that was our home base for 3 days even makes their own wine (and olive oil).

Corte Patrizia Country House

You know you’ve arrived at a great place when the ambassador of the property comes along, tail wagging, happy to greet you (or your female dog). After settling in, we drove west toward Lake Garda to the Zeni wine shop/museum for a free tasting. Yes, FREE, all you can taste for the cheap stuff (top photo), and a moderate fee for the more precious wines, on request.

The weather in northern Italy hasn’t been the greatest for weeks now, and the next morning we woke to more rain and a glum forecast the rest of the day. No biggie though, especially when you get to pick up your Breakfast Box from the common room and spread out the goodies wherever you wish. Each apartment has a corresponding box that has everything on the first day. Then, to specify items for the day after, you just mark x (no) or ✓ (yes) from the list on the underside of the lid.

You can take your breakfast (by the way, those blueberry muffins in the photo were from home) outside in your own private terrace, at the pool, at the picnic tables or even next to the vineyard if you want. Breakfast in bed? How romantic! A shame for the rain, but anyway, the apartment is good for when you’re forced to eat inside.

The nice thing about our apartment was having so much natural light during the day. I was able to catch up on my reading while drinking a glass of Corte Patrizia’s Bardolino Chiaretto.

Up next: cheese hunting through the fog and more wine tasting.

4 thoughts on “Wine/wino trip to Lake Garda and Valpolicella

    1. Rowena Post author

      The box itself is kinda heavy already, so it was funny to note the following morning that it was all guys from the other apartments that went to get their boxes.



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