Italy, briefly…

Valpolicella:  Chesini and the Art of Amarone

View toward some of the old valley estates in the wine growing region of Valpolicella.  35 degrees C and no wind.  Grapes ripening on the old vines.

Above the valley, a hilltop wine estate, Chesini, and their recently restored 16th century tower.

Sleepy Italian guard cats protect the doorway to the estate house.

The newly constructed wine production and cellar building.  Built using massive Italian wood timbers, with an elevator to the enormous cellar.

Behind the artful label, a truly wonderful Amarone.  Large glass full at 10:30 AM.

Grazie mille, Leone e Elena.

 

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