I adore travelling around any food and wine festival as you see the locals celebrating and each village has some special event. In Chianti we have festivals each weekend in Sept. So the chance to see another area of Italy celebrate and to taste all the best of their wines is a great excuse for travel.
One of the high points of the tour for me was to visit Benevento. I have always heard so much about it and adore the liquore Strega, which is from here too. It is made with 76 herbs and is fabulous used in dessert making. Benevento is also famous for it's torrone and witches!
The city is full of history and well worth the stop.
Benevento is located just east of naples and recently was named a Unesco site. The church of Santa Sofia was incredible, built around 730 a.d. But I was most impressed by the museum with an amazing collection of statues found on site.
We stayed in a old pasta factory turned into an exquisite UNA hotel with one of southern Italy's most famous young chefs running the kitchen, Angelo D' Amico. The rooms were some of the nicest I have been in in all of Italy.
From our base in Benevento we were shown various wineries and wine makers in the area. We were at the local cooperative, La Guardinese while the grapes were being brought in to be crushed, each member bringing in his own grapes and they were controlled and then chosen for one of the many lines of the production.
I adored their sparkling wines, which were a real surprise, especially the one made from Falaghina, which is one of my favorite still whites from the region.
We were greated by members that were bringing in their grapes for the crush and after our tour we had lunch with some of the COOP members which had been cooked by their wives, a fabulous experience.
Great food, great wine and new friends.
The wine festival itself was in Solopaca, famous for it's rich red wines. The parade is so fun, with each area in town creating a float decorated with both white and red wine grapes and the locals in costumes.
her entire cape is made of the red wine grapes
|the costumes were incredible and the parade fun|
This is just a small taste of where I was and what I saw-- I will follow up with more foto's and some recipes after the holidays. The Sannio region of Italy is so untouched by tourism that it is great to visit.
here is a link for information for touring the Sannio area.