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Venice lagoon and Valdobbiadene: the prosecco tour – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Arriving in Venice and immediately getting on a boat is one of the most exciting and evocative experiences you can have. Sailing in the Venice lagoon is truly a daydream.
In addition to the classic tours around the island of Venicego and discover the smaller islands, much calmer and with real gems to discover.

Murano: among glass factories to visit and fish restaurants

As your first port of call, stop in Murano, theglassworks island.
Once upon a time, the foundries and glassworks were actually on the island of Venice, but the risk of fire was always very high, and so they were all moved to a nearby island, Murano. In this way the history of Murano glass art was born.

We went to visit the Schiavon artistic glass factory, where demonstrations are organized to raise awareness of glass processing hand blown glasswhich also inspired the iconic “millerighe” bottle patented by the Valdobbiadene company Foss Marai.

After the visit, treat yourself to a lunch or dinner based on fish in a suggestive position in Murano, on the enchanting terrace over the water Ai Piantaleoni restaurantwhere you will be delighted with typical products of the area, especially fish-based dishes such as canestrelli, mini scallops.

Burano: among colours, biscuits and lace

THE colors of Burano they literally fill your eyes and soul. It is said that historically the houses, almost all of fishermen, were colored with bright colors, the same color as the sails of the boats so that the women left at home could recognize their husbands’ boats returning from fishing, and the husbands could find a house easily. In reality, another reason is that since all houses are typically very narrow and tall and very close together, the delimitation of the property through color had to be clearly visible and clear.
Take a walk through its streets and stop to take and taste Burano biscuits Bussolai with a characteristic donut shape.
If you are a lover of the genre, also stop in some of the boutiques lace handmade.
If you want to continue the walk, go to the nearby one Mazzorbo islanda green oasis of pure peace, where the starred restaurant Venissa is also located, which also has rooms to stay in and a bistro with outdoor tables.

Garda DOC grows by 46%: now Garda wines are aiming high – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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Dynamismhigh quality and bond with the territory: these are the cards to play for the Garda DOC consortiumwhich having noted the increase in wine production of 46% since 2017 is now more determined than ever to deploy all its strengths to grow.

This is what emerged as part of the “Garda Wine Stories” event organized on 6 June at the Dogana Veneta in Lazise, ​​in the province of Verona. The President of the Consortium, Paolo Fiorini, opened the day with institutional greetings. They then took turns the interventions of Eugenio Pomarici of the Center for Research in Viticulture and Oenology of the Studies of Padua and followed by Angelo Zago, of the Department of Economic Sciences of the University of Verona.

The Garda DOC strategy

The study carried out by Eugenio Pomarici’s team highlighted the dynamism and potential of the Garda DOC wine system, a denomination that has established itself on both the national and international markets.

The significant expansion of the cultivated area and the number of winemakers testifies to one quantitative growth notable: +46% since 2017, with a production that exceeded 410,000 quintals of grapes in 2023. Furthermore, the important capacity for innovation and diversification of Garda DOC was highlighted, with a wide range of wines that respond to the different needs of the modern consumer, highlighting a impressive increase in the number of bottles produced, which went from 6.1 to 18.6 million in six years.

The focus also underlined the strength of the “Garda” brand, which immediately evokes the beauty and unique characteristics of Lake Garda.

The challenges of the consortium

However, he also highlighted some challenges, such as the lack of distinctive specificity of the denomination, which makes a greater focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio varieties necessary also for a higher positioning in the market. The proposed strategy to overcome these challenges includes the intensification of promotion and valorisation activities by the Consortium, collaboration with local tourism and the creation of a network between producers and tourist operators, which can strengthen the image of wine linked to the territory of Lake Garda.

Web analytics

The second speech of the day featured Angelo Zago as speaker, who presented an in-depth analysis of the interest in Garda DOC wines based on searches carried out on Google. The research project, financed by CT Garda Doc, explores how users from various European countries and some Italian regions search for terms related to Veronese wines, in particular those of Garda DOC. The results show that “Garda” is the most searched term among the main Veronese denominations and that in the specific categories of “alcoholic drinks”, countries such as Austria, Germany and England show the greatest interest in Garda DOC wines. This interest is particularly strong also in the Italian regions mentioned, where Garda surpasses other denominations such as Valpolicella and Lugana. The project intends to continue exploring the role of tourism in further stimulating interest in these wines and evaluate the development of predictive tools that help concentrate promotional activities in the areas of greatest interest.

“These interventions – concludes President Fiorini – not only confirm the popularity of Garda DOC wines at a national and international level, but also offer fundamental ideas for future marketing and promotion strategies, in order to enhance in a growing and synergistic way the link between the Garda territory and its prestigious wine product”.

Celebrity Wines, the documentary film on the VIPs of Italian wine – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Celebrity Wines, the documentary film on the VIPs of Italian wine

2. Al Bano Carrisi, the authentic Apulian

Not far from the Ronn Moss estate, there is also Al Bano Carrisiwhose wines are already better known (as well as larger, in terms of bottles) given that the first harvest dates back to 1973.

3. From the set to the Roman hills: Gianmarco Tognazzi

Following, in Lazio, near Velletri, Gianmarco Tognazzi, who called La Tognazza his father Ugo’s country house, transforming it into a young and fresh wine company, starting with the very pop labels. «One of the craziest, most brilliant explains Esmeralda. «He himself defines his oenological relationship with wine as very “eno” and “not very logical” adds Giacomo.

4. From the F1 circuit to Abruzzo: Jarno Trulli

From cinema to music to sport. After 15 years in Formula 1 with the Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota and Lotus teams, Jarno Trulli – born in 1974, 256 grand prix in Formula 1 – has returned to his native Abruzzo to join a project to relaunch Podere Castorani. «Thanks to the Formula 1 technicians, he brought his technical knowledge to the world of wine, also applied to his orchard says director Arrigoni.

5. From stage to country life: Sting and Trudie

A little further north, in Tuscany there is the couple Sting and Trudie Tyler, who with Palagio have established themselves in the wine world without much apparent effort, thanks to the technical support of star winemaker Riccardo Cotarella. «One of the most beautiful moments we experienced during filming was immersed in nature, at Sting’s house, where they offered us a beautiful lunch in the middle of their park recalls Spadea. «Theirs was a sort of falling in love with the Palagio vineyards, which they experience as a “give back”, to reciprocate what they received from Italy in a difficult moment in their lives, today just a memory says the director. And if the pairing suggested by Cotarella with their Sangiovese Riserva is the truffle pasta loved by Trudy, Sting prefers to pair his pure Merlot with a nice roast chicken.

6. From the kitchen to the countryside: Carlo Cracco and Rosa Fanti

Perhaps the most “obvious” couple, but only due to their proximity to the sector, is that of Carlo Cracco and his wife Rosa Fanti, who two years ago decided to purchase the Vistamare agricultural company in her country of origin, Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna: 16 hectares, of which 6 are orchards, such as apricots, peaches, cherries and persimmons. During filming Carlo Cracco also suggested a pairing with their wines: spaghetti, sea urchins and coffee with passito wine. «Then in the interview he will also talk about his favorite dishes adds Spadea.

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