Veneto and Puglia (Italy) — Photo Preview

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A photo tour of two incredible regions in Italy — Veneto, in Northern Italy, and Puglia, in Southern Italy.

I’m still in total awe of the beauty of these vastly different regions and the warmth of the people I had the pleasure of meeting. I can’t wait to begin sharing stories of the wines, sights, people, and food (OMG the food!). As I sift through my pages upon pages of notes, and hundreds of photos, I wanted to quickly share a few highlights as a preview of what’s to come in the next few weeks….

Veneto, Italy (In Pictures)

The hills in the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene region of Veneto

Located in Northern Italy, the Veneto is home to several wine producing regions, including Prosecco. We were there to visit with the producers of Masottina wine and to tour this ridiculously gorgeus landscape of the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene designation (the most important area for Prosecco production).

Harvest at Masottina Winery

Upon my arrival we visited one of the most important vineyards of Masottina to watch them harvest Glera grapes (used to make their deliciously crisp and fruity Prosecco).

Driving through the vineyards and hillsides of this region is a jaw-dropping experience. The town of Conegliano ain’t so bad either…

Square in Conegliano, Italy
Castle in Conegliano, Veneto, Italy
Bicycle on the streets of Conegliano, Italy

Scenes from the town of Conegliano, Italy

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the awesome people I met in Northern Italy, including these guys.

Italy Travel Companions

 The only person missing from the photo was Jonathan Cristaldi, wine writer and educator.  More on these wonderful folks to come…

Puglia, Italy (In Pictures)

After a few days in the Veneto region we traveled south to Salento, literally the heel of Italy, within the larger Puglia region, staying in the coastal town of Brindisi. The geography and landscape couldn’t be more different than the Veneto, but one thing was the same — the incredible people, and delicious food and wine.

Boats in Brindisi, Salento, Puglia, Italy
The Coast of Brinsidi, Italy
Images from Brindisi, Italy
Doors in Italy
Streets of Brindisi, Italy

I have a thing for doors in Italy. What can I say?!

Graffiti in Brindisi, Italy

Seriously, even the graffiti in Italy is beautiful.

Food in the Veneto and Puglia

Tuna Appetizer in Brindisi, Italy
Food in Southern Italy

The food from this region is simplistic perfection. It’s gorgeous, fresh, and absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to share some recipes inspired by the cuisine I experienced.

The Women’s Harvest at Tenute Rubino

There is a tradition in this region for women to be in the fields picking grapes at harvest time. The producers of Tenute Rubino recognize this each year with a celebration honoring the hard work of these incredible women known as simply, “The Women’s Harvest.” And we got to partake in this year’s celebration. What a special day!

Tenute Rubino Women's Harvest

Friends, family, and guests of the winery gather to help harvest the grapes in the morning, followed by an incredible pot luck lunch (cooked up by the very members of the vineyard team that were being honored that day) and a little dance party in the vineyard (why not?!). Pretty much, my idea of a perfect day.

Harvest Lunch at Tenute Rubino in Puglia Italy
Making mozzarella cheese in Puglia Italy
Tenute Rubino Women's Harvest Band

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About Mary

I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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