Our bonus and final stop on the Emilia Delizia Food Tour was a winery luncheon at a small family organic winery.
I am not going to say this is my favorite stop on the Tour, but it was.
We had a beautiful day.
The Winery Tour
Paolo started with a short tour of the winery, and talking about the grapes of the region – Lambrusco (a Sangiovese) and Trebbiano.
Paolo, again, did a fabulous job explaining the wines, the region and the techniques.
Typically, this wine region of Italy is considered secondary to the better known regions of Tuscano and Piemonte.
However, the grapes and wine markers are starting to come into their own, and are improving the wines of this region. In fact, we had a great Lambrusco when we ate at Lazy Bear in San Francisco.
After the tour, we settled into the dining room for our tasting and lunch.
The ceiling in the dining room was painted by the wife of the owner.
Just beautiful work. As the fire in the fireplace crackled and popped, we started the wine tasting.
We tried five wines in total. You won’t find any big hitters like you will in Barolo and Brunello. The wines drank as light everyday table wines.
The sparkling lambrusco wine was dry with a hint of sweetness. This was the wine I enjoyed the most.
Italy has heavy competition for wines. I think this region, known for its balsamics, is one to watch as the quality of production continues to improve and the popularity of lambruscos continues to grow.
Then came the food.
And more food.
So much food! Everything was delicious.
Super bonus, the owner of the winery gave us (and the other couple) a bottle of balsamic vinegar.
With our belly’s full, we decided to walk off some of the food comma before heading back to Modena.
I found an old foosball table, and I am trying to convince Mr. J that his family tournament should be held here this year.
Seriously Mr. Commissioner (you know who you are), this would be a great spot. Just saying….
Mr. J was in his element here, and took several scenic photos of the property.
The winery luncheon stop was like visiting a friends house.
If you do not like commercial/corporate vineyards, then this is about as unique and personal as it gets. This organic winery is not something you would be able to see on your own unless you are fluent in Italian.
After our walk and lots of photos, Paolo rounded us up and drove us back to Modena. We arrived back in the city center around 2pm (I think).
Mr. J and I spent the rest of the afternoon in Modena before heading back to Bologna on the train.
A great day all around.
Other Tour Stops
See our review of the Emilia Delizia Food Tour here, and check out the other stops on the tour.
Stop 1 – Parmagiano Reggiano Cheese Making
Stop 2 – Balsamic of Modena
Stop 3 – Cured Meat Museum