We arrived at our Hotel called Agricola Ederle in Corte San Mattia, a vineyard estate making Valpolicella wine, set in the hills above the city of Verona and overlooking the winding river Ardige in the city centre. www.giovanniederle.it
The Vineyard Estate
It is a working vineyard and since many of its functions are now done by modern machines, the old building that used to house vineyard workers, have now been refurbished and turned into beautiful guest accommodation.
Booking in for dinner her means nothing less than a sumptuous 5 course sitting cooked by their in-house chefs and is very inexpensive. It starts with a typical Italian cheese tart, then the pasta starter, meat dish, vegetable dish and desert. The Chefs can be seen in ‘La cocina’ directly behind the large stone and wooden topped bar area, busy creating the evening meal.
The bar and restaurant has a glass wall that opens out onto a large terrace with tables set underneath rows of overhead vines and with a panoramic view over the city of Verona, directly in line with the winding river. In the evening the twinkling lights of Verona beckon, and a 2 Euro bus ride will take you the 10 minute ride down the hill into the city to explore the night-life. Taxi back at the end of your evening is just 15 Euros, and shared with 5 people, costs no more than the bus ride.
Somehow, the Valpolicella tastes completely different to the bottles from a Leicester supermarket… It is a little cloudy, tinged with pink and has overtones of fresh fruit with a palate of sweet cherries, cinnamon and vanilla. The white wine made on the estate tasted of melon, desert apples and peaches, with overtones of ginger and a nose of vanilla, Extremely drinkable and most of the party ordered a bottle instead of messing about with glasses.
The rooms are spacious and the 6 foot bed is dwarfed by the white plaster walls, stone windowsills and giant exposed roof beams; with an ostentatious arrangement of flowers in a large jug that is almost 1 metre across, in shades of burnt amber and yellow. Two ingenious wooden slatted tables for suitcases either side of the room with a desk by the windows and another slatted table, this time with a slatted back inserted into the table top giving you an endless variation of back rest angles, from upright, to relaxation.
There is a separate dressing area with inbuilt wardrobes and off that, a chic modern bathroom with a curved and stylish suite. A flat screen TV is included and the view overlooks the city.
The coffee is heavenly in whatever form you wish, with the double espresso and brown sugar providing an instant remedy to all ailments as the hot black treacle instantly revives both soul and psyche.
Breakfast was meat, cheese and slightly sweet Italian bread, along with glass pots of fresh yoghurt and a selection of cakes dripping with lemon icing and chocolate brownie that melts in the mouth with liquid chocolate.
Then all on to the coach for a visit to the wineries in Soave…. look out for the next post or contact Elaine Vandelli for details, on www.hi2events.co.uk