Afternoon in the Vineyard

My how the time flies! It is incredibly hard to believe that we have called Ariccia, Italy our home for almost one whole month now. I know that my fellow students would agree when I say that we have loved every second and feel more comfortable everyday.

This week has definitely been a fun adventure for us, and one of my favorite weeks of all. What really sticks out to me the most this week is the vineyard that we were able to visit on Wednesday.

Trebotti, meaning three brothers in Italian, is a quaint vineyard tucked in the hills of Teverina. The views were unbelievable and the vineyards themselves were just like I had always imagined; perfectly straight rows of grape vines grew on wire racks, while deep colored grapes hung in bunches off of the vines. We were given a little bit of information about the particular vineyard we were looking at, such as the type of grape and the harvest time, and then we got to sample the grapes. And let me tell you, they were some of the best grapes I have ever had!

One of the beautiful vineyards at Trebotti.

One of the beautiful vineyards at Trebotti.

After touring the vineyards and sampling the grapes, we headed inside to see the equipment used in the process of wine making and got to sample some wine that was fermenting. Of course, the best part of all was the actual wine tasting. We were able to try multiple wines, both white and red, and learned a little bit about the flavor and type of grapes used to make certain wines.  We also had a lovely aperitivo to go along with our wine tasting. At the conclusion of the tasting and tour, we were able to purchase our favorite types of wines as well as special jellies that are also made at the vineyard.

Overall, Wednesday was such a fun day and an experience that I’m sure none of us will ever forget. I mean, how many times do you get the opportunity to tour a prestigious vineyard and try their expensive wines? We learned so much and had fun in the process. I would say that Wednesday was a success!

Until next time,

Meagan Vordenbaum