Wine and Italy are two words said almost simultaneously. Just about an hour east of the Castle is the Friuli-Venezia Guilia Region, known for it’s stunning landscape including the sea, mountains and hills of vineyards. With two of our clients, we ventured East to enjoy a wine tour and stroll through the lovely town of Cormons.
Wade & Lynn actually braved the adventure on a scooter. You can rent these fun yellow scooters and drive them from vineyard to vineyard… seems a little dangerous perhaps after multiple tours? We just did one! This may not seem scary to the average person, but none of us had ever driven a scooter and attempting to learn while heading up a semi-steep mountain was a little unnerving! I, Kristin, almost hit two cars… not even joking. Lynn was smarter than myself and rode on the back of Wade’s scooter. Paul led the group and poor thing kept turning back to make sure we were all injury-free. It was a little scary, yes, but a seriously fun adventure!
Our third couple to join us in Italy were our dear friends Keith and Roberta. We have known this amazing couple for many years now and the fact they’d come with us to Italy was incredibly special. The wine tour was a must for them, but when we returned to Cormons, they decided to just keep it simple and let Paul drive us to the vineyard. They may have decided this after I told them about my two close calls… so instead of scooting around, we had an heavenly delicious lunch at Trattoria di Mario then headed to Venica & Venica, a 3 generation family-owned winery that spreads over a gorgeous 70-acre estate set high between 300 and 400 meters above sea level.
After our yummy tour, we returned to the Castle for an incredible 4 course meal, hosted by GraphiStudio. Before we dined, we snuck Keith and Roberta outside for just a few minutes to photograph them as the sun started to set. This would be our last night at the Castle and it couldn’t have been more special. Spending the past 9 nine days with 3 special couples and being a part of this incredible journey with them was truly honoring.
We still have a few more stories to share of our trip so keep checking back. After we dropped off Keith & Roberta at the Venice Airport the next morning, just the four of us, Paul & I and our two boys, headed to the Amalfi Coast for a week of vacation. Before we left the States, the chef of our favorite Italian restaurant, Antonio’s, told us “you’ll never return” after seeing Positano. More to come!