Like last year, we made our pilgrimage to the wine makers at Ca dei Frati to stock up on the new release of Ronchedone (vintage 2005). We found a few changes. While the old vines are still reassuringly there
many more iron totems for Man to adore are in the hangar:
(inside them, presumably, a lot of the better known white Lugana beside the red Ronchedone), the environment architecturally impressive, with huge stained glass windows (this really feels like a place for veneration):
complementing the old frescos you can spot on the outside of the building:
This time we took a tour of the cellar
…and walking along the barriques…walking…this is what you find, a metaphor for the power of ageing:
It was a beautiful winter drive around Garda. And the next stop after Ca dei Frati… obviously, the newly and deservedly Michelin starred L’Ortica, where we had a fantastic and unphotographed Tagliatelle with sweetbreads and artichokes, a classic for Romans but an audacious proposal by Chef Zanotti on the ethereal shores of Garda.