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5 Must Visit Wineries for Cantine Aperte

 

Cantine Aperte Friuli Venezia Giulia

Map of Cantine Aperte in the Friuli Venezia Giulia

“And on the seventh day God rested from all the work he had done.” Twelve years of Catholic school has the Book of Genesis burned into my brain. But in America, not much is actually closed on a Sunday. As Americans our 24/7, go-go-go, need-it-now mentality makes us forget that time practically stands still on Sundays in other parts of the world. Italy is one of those places and outside of the major cities like Rome, Venice and Florence, you won’t find much open on a Sunday. Certainly not wineries! Except for one Sunday each year when wineries across every region of Italy open their doors during Cantine Aperte and no reservation is required for a tasting. Here are 5 must visit wineries to visit in the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions for Cantine Aperte:

Castelvecchio Winery1. Castelvecchio

Castelvecchio Winery, located in Sagrado, has an incredible history. The grounds were the location of a World War I battle that ultimately took these lands away from the Hapsburg Empire. The villa even served as the Italian command headquarters and you can see graffiti from the soldiers preserved on its walls.

Try: The Friuli Venezia Giulia is known for its whites, but try the 2005 Sagrado Rosso, a blend of Terrano, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyard’s best years.

Castelvecchio Winery is located at Via Castelnuovo 2, Sagrado (GO) 34078

Fratelli Vogadori2. Fratelli Vogadori

A small family run winery with some of the most stunning views we’ve seen from any tasting room we’ve visited so far, Fratelli Vogadori is located in the Veneto’s Valpolicella. Fratelli Vogadori even has a charming bed and breakfast. Each apartment has a balcony overlooking the vineyards and village of Negrar, which is situated close to both Lake Garda and Verona.

Try: Always a fan of Amarone, the 2008 Amarone Forlago stole my heart. It is only made from the best year’s grapes and has to be a nearly perfect Amarone. It is aged 1 year longer than Amarone Classico and has aromas of chocolate and vanilla. It tastes of chocolate and has just the slightest hint of sweetness.

Fratelii Vogadori is located at Via Vigolo 16, Negar (VR) 37024

Paladin3. Paladin

The Paladin wine estate is run by brothers and sister Carlo, Lucia and Roberto. They follow their grandfather’s wine making traditions since Paladin was established in 1962, though the love of wine and vinitculture in this unique area straddling both the Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Veneto regions dates back to the Roman ages.

Try: One of our favorite red wines is Malbec and it is typically used as a blending grape in Europe. Palladin’s Malbech Gli Aceri has won awards and we’re happy we don’t have to travel all the way to Chile for a great bottle!

Paladin is located at Via Postumia 12, Annone Veneto (VE) 30020

4. Principi di Porcia

Principi di Porcia is much more than a winery. Their Fattoria Azzano Decimo farm has several important projects that are sources of agro-energy and produces bio-gas for the entire community of Azzano Decimo. The cows play an important role at the farm too. Their manure is utilized to fertilize the grapes organically and the milk they produce daily is given to the Latterie Friulane for the production of Montasio cheese.

Try: The 2007 Titanus, a vintage from the Le Riserve del Castello, has a very velvety texture and hints of vanilla. It’s aged in French oak barriques and has very long production process.

Principi di Porcia is located at Via Zuiano 29, Azzano Decimo (PN) 33082

Strada del Prosecco

Strada del Prosecco

5. Al Canevon

The Strada del Prosecco, winding along spaghetti thin roads in the Prosecco Hills of Veneto has some serious wow-factor and Al Canevon is located in the DOCG territory with an astounding 40 hectares. Here a vineyard that large is really something special and it’s just one of the reasons they’ve made a success market for themselves since opening their doors in 1971.

Try: We don’t drink Prosecco often, but the dry and elegant fruity Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Brut is perfect as an apertif or would be great with fish dishes. Perfect when served at a very cold 7 – 8°C, we can already imagine it being refreshing on a hot summer day.

Al Canevon is located at Via Prà Fontana 99, Valdobbiadene (TV) 31049

Know Before You Go
  • Cantine Aperte 2014 is on May 25 from 10am – 6pm.
  • The WineBUS is available from Trieste in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and is €40 per person. It visits 5 wineries with an expert guide and includes a light lunch at one of the cellars. It departs from Trieste at 9am and returns at 7pm. Make a reservation by emailing info@mtvfriulivg.it or calling +39 0432 289540.
  • Select wineries throughout the Friuli Venezia Giulia region are hosting Dinner With the Winemakers (view all the menus and contact information for reservations at the link) on Saturday, May 24th. Reservations are required.
  • Find all the participating wineries for Cantine Aperte all across Italy here.

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Jdomb's Travels was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Google+

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  1. Mette

    Thanks for the tip. I don’t know Friuli Venezia Giulia very well, so I’ll have to bookmark this page for future reference.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Let us know if your visit FVG Mette! We’ve lived here 5 years now and know it well.

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  2. Lance

    We went to Italy a few years back and were there for Cantine Aperte. Had a great time! Good tips.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    That’s great Lance! Which region were you visiting for Cantine Aperte?

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  3. Mic - UDrive

    Bring back Sunday as the day of rest but make sure the wineries are open all the time! ;)

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Haha Mic! Agreed! It would be nice if wineries were open on weekends. We’d certainly visit them more often.

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  4. Valen Dawson

    These look like amazing wineries. I haven’t been gone from Europe for long and already I’m missing good wine!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Where are you traveling now Val? We’ll definitely miss the wine too when we eventually move from Europe.

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  5. Movimento Turismo del Vino FVG

    Dear Jennifer,
    Thank you very much for the beautiful article about Cantine Aperte 2014! Our association counts over 70 wineries and organizes a lot of this kind of events during the year.

    Keep in touch!

    Movimento Turismo del Vino FVG

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Ciao! Thanks for the correction that the 3 wineries are not participating this year. I’ve updated to also include some wineries in the Veneto that are participating. We would love if you would share. We’d also love to discuss opportunities to promote wine tourism in Italy!

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