Our class visited an amazing agriturismo the other day, where we toured his property where he grows his own vegetables and grapes for wine! It was so cool, but I don’t think I could ever have a garden that big. The owner of the property spoke very good English and was able to answer all of our questions about how he runs his business. He makes his own wine and olive oil, as well as operating a bed and breakfast where the guests can have meals that his kitchen prepares or pick their own crops from his garden and cook themselves. We don’t have anything like that in America—that I know of—so I thought that was such a cool idea.
What I was shocked about was how short staffed he is. He said he has about ten employees that tend to his entire property as well as the guests and the food. I am amazed at how hard Italians work, yet they have such and easy going and peaceful aura about themselves. Americans are busy and aggressive and pushy—which Italians can be sometimes in big cities—but in smaller cities, the people work so hard, but have a peaceful mentality about them. It blows my mind.
Another cool thing the owner showed us was the process of making wine. He showed us the machines that turn the harvested grapes into wine and then the huge barrels that store the wine. It was so cool! After our tour, we went up and had a wine tasting. We had white wine with a little pastry, a rose wine with another little course, a red wine and then a dessert wine. The food was fantastic along with the very unique and tasty wine! It was so interesting to see the whole process—from vine to glass.
My class then hiked to the top of a hill to a castle that looked over the view of the valley. It was breathtaking. The sun was almost setting and I fell more in love with Italy that day!
The owner of the Agriturismo, explaining the grape process.
My view of the valley from our hike up to the castle!