I know i have started most of my Italy updates this way but I have to say it, waving goodbye to the Castello di Velona was VERY difficult and knowing we were now half way through the Italy part of our trip was sad indeed. It was quite literally one of the most picturesque places we had ever been to. We still look at the drone video (below) all the time. I love how the Mavic floats away and sees us hanging off the side of the castle walls with nothing but fields as fas as the eye could see all around. And i'm officially depressed. *goes away to sob for a while*.
We had one last breakfast with that view i keep dreaming about.
As always with this trip, we weren’t heartbroken for long as just a few hours later we drove up to the Valdonica and almost as soon as we dropped our bags off in our room we were straight away given a tour of the vineyards and pool and treated to their signature home grown wine tasting within their beautiful resorts vineyards.
The wine was sensational and like nothing i’d ever tasted before.
The Valdonica is run by an Austrian gentleman called Martin (above) who quit his job as a Doctor in Vienna 10 years ago in search of a quieter life in wine country, Tuscany. Martin greeted us as if we were long lost friends and i imagine that’s what it’s like for a lot of the people that go back there every year as it’s definitely the sort of place that feels more like a home away from home than a hotel. Come breakfast time it’s a family style affair where everyone sits around one big table chatting, helping themselves to whatever they want in the kitchen.
After breakfast we packed up our things, bought a couple bottles of wine and were on our way.
Next stop, Cinque Terre!!