I drink Grappa all year long but as the weather turns colder and the holiday seasons is under way I tend to think of Grappa more often.
While writing on another subject I came across a number of pictures of my last “Hello Grappa” trip that I wanted to share. As I looked through my photos, I sipped a glass of grappa and enjoyed a grappa brownie that Michele had made. For more on Grappa see Hello Grappa, Distilleria Marzadp, Grappa Cocktails
The first stop was the Bonollo distillery near Padua (Trento)
Elvio Bonollo after the Grappa tasting
Bonollo- The vinaccia, after it has been distilled.
Our next stop was the Bottega Distillery in Bibano di Godega (Veneto)
Before the tour of the distillery and the grappa tasting we had the chance to see a glass blowing demonstration
A Grappa Masterclass with the enologist Lorenza Scollo who is very interesting and knowledgeable
Tasting Grappa with another Grappa lover Tom Maresca at Bottega
Grappa in Barrique
That night we had dinner with the dynamic and entertaining Sandro Bottega
We also visited the Bepi Tosolini Distillery in Udine (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia)
Lisa Tosolini giving us a tour of the distillery
Most of the barrels have been signed by visitors to the Distillery. Michele had been here on another press trip but could not find the barrel she signed the first time so she signed another barrel.
I even signed a barrique!
The vinaccia (must) going into the still
Individual tasting sheets for the tasting conducted by Lisa, very interesting and informative.
We also tasted a unique Smoked Grappa, almost like an island scotch
Next stop was the Castagner Distillery in Treviso (Trento)
It is all done by computer
Giulia conducted a tasting for us of a number of Grappas
Grappa Riserva Leon 7 years old
Grappa Brunello di Montalcino
Last but not least was the G Bertagnolli Distillery in Mezzacorona ( Trento)
Stefano Pederiva, the export manager explained how grappa is made
Stefano conducted a Grappa tasting
Aged Grappa Gran Grappino
Traditional Grappa from Trentino
5 year old Grappa in barrique
I was very impressed with all of the grappa that I tasted. Today there is a grappa for every taste: traditional white Grappa, Grappa aged in different size barrels and woods, Grappa aged in used port barrels, smoked Grappa, Grappa aged in amphora and Grappa aged in barriques.