Sunset Stroll in Valpolicella
What could be better than a stroll through the vineyards and olive trees at sunset? How about strolling through the vineyards and olive trees at sunset in the not-so-touristy Valpolicella wine region of northern Italy? This area of the Veneto region just outside of Verona is beautiful. It's quiet, quaint, authentic, and has superb wine and food. I stayed at the bottom of this hill, at La Meridiana B&B which is in the village of Fumane. La Meridiana is a good choice as the rooms are large and the price is very affordable. Plus the must-eat-at Enoteca della Valpolicella (run by the same folks as the B&B) is just a few doors down from the B&B (it's also where breakfast is served). There are loads of family run vineyards/wineries in this area. Some you will need to call ahead and some will allow you to drop by. The Valpolicella wines are light and fruity, the Valpolicella Ripasso has a bit more body to it and my favorite, the full-bodied Amarone, is not to be missed for those who love robust reds. I suggest a visit before it gets well-known. It truly is a gorgeous part of a fabulous country.
By Lynne Nieman