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Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Brothers Traversa

Warm, but raining gently. 

Last weekend to Neive, and the vineyards of the Brothers Traversa, perched picturesquely on Canova Hill in the Langhe wine region, about two hours south of Lago Maggiore. Along the winding lake road, through the holiday-season bustle of Verbania, threading through the tunnels south, south. Past the flat rice paddies of Vercelli, now flooded and reflecting the still-snow-capped Italian Alps and studded with herons out fishing. At last we found ourselves among the gentle hills of the Langhe, on the hottest day of the year so far.








We came in search of a wine we had experienced in 2004, at a restaurant in San Giulio d'Orta. Strange how sometimes a wine label stays with you, right down to the address of the vineyard...

We were greeted by Franco Traversa and his collie, Linda, who while we were tasting, taught Jakob a thing or two about doggie manners. We filled our boot with Franco's charming 2004 Arneis, a lovely vivace Barbera - called La Giovincella - which has not yet given me the headache that usually comes with the slightly fizzy reds, and a 1999 Barbaresco for weekends and other special occasions.

Conveniently, the Traversa family run a rather nice agriturismo, from which one may visit not only their own vineyards and those of Neive, but also the more famous villages of Barolo and Barbaresco, which are both within a cork's pop.

Recommended. Merrily.

PS In Cannobio, Traversa wines can be found on sale at the ever-delightful Casa Bava.



8 comments:

Sarah in deepest, darkest Lomellina said...

Barolo !!

Dribbles.

Vanessa. said...

You didn't invite ME! Harrumph! Save a bottle for me, hey?

Woodman said...

Weather as predicted here. Heavy rain and quite cold. An improvement on its way, we will see.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Cold and rainy...and therefore calling for red wine :-) Are those wines for sale in London? I think I know the answer... Ah well... Hope your weekend is good, Love from London x

Louise | Italy said...

Bonjour Mademoiselle Poirot - No I couldn't find a UK distributor for these wines, although OddBins does do what looks like a nice Roero Arneis...

LadyFi said...

Sounds like a delightful excursion!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Is that neighboring home still for sale? It sounds like you live in paradise!

Louise | Italy said...

Dear Blissed-out Grandma - you'd be welcome. See the house here : http://www.marlis-zanetti.com/index.php?L=en&id=4&no_cache=1&bitheads_immomanager_uid=1026&type=0

Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Brothers Traversa

Warm, but raining gently. 

Last weekend to Neive, and the vineyards of the Brothers Traversa, perched picturesquely on Canova Hill in the Langhe wine region, about two hours south of Lago Maggiore. Along the winding lake road, through the holiday-season bustle of Verbania, threading through the tunnels south, south. Past the flat rice paddies of Vercelli, now flooded and reflecting the still-snow-capped Italian Alps and studded with herons out fishing. At last we found ourselves among the gentle hills of the Langhe, on the hottest day of the year so far.








We came in search of a wine we had experienced in 2004, at a restaurant in San Giulio d'Orta. Strange how sometimes a wine label stays with you, right down to the address of the vineyard...

We were greeted by Franco Traversa and his collie, Linda, who while we were tasting, taught Jakob a thing or two about doggie manners. We filled our boot with Franco's charming 2004 Arneis, a lovely vivace Barbera - called La Giovincella - which has not yet given me the headache that usually comes with the slightly fizzy reds, and a 1999 Barbaresco for weekends and other special occasions.

Conveniently, the Traversa family run a rather nice agriturismo, from which one may visit not only their own vineyards and those of Neive, but also the more famous villages of Barolo and Barbaresco, which are both within a cork's pop.

Recommended. Merrily.

PS In Cannobio, Traversa wines can be found on sale at the ever-delightful Casa Bava.



8 comments:

Sarah in deepest, darkest Lomellina said...

Barolo !!

Dribbles.

Vanessa. said...

You didn't invite ME! Harrumph! Save a bottle for me, hey?

Woodman said...

Weather as predicted here. Heavy rain and quite cold. An improvement on its way, we will see.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Cold and rainy...and therefore calling for red wine :-) Are those wines for sale in London? I think I know the answer... Ah well... Hope your weekend is good, Love from London x

Louise | Italy said...

Bonjour Mademoiselle Poirot - No I couldn't find a UK distributor for these wines, although OddBins does do what looks like a nice Roero Arneis...

LadyFi said...

Sounds like a delightful excursion!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Is that neighboring home still for sale? It sounds like you live in paradise!

Louise | Italy said...

Dear Blissed-out Grandma - you'd be welcome. See the house here : http://www.marlis-zanetti.com/index.php?L=en&id=4&no_cache=1&bitheads_immomanager_uid=1026&type=0