Yes, the grapes are gone, but that didn’t make a passeggiata through the Reale family’s vineyards in Tramonti any less spectacular On the contrary. I took a stroll with Luigi Reale, surrounded by Piedirosso vines that are at least 80 years old, on a sunny Saturday around noon. Luigi reached up, picked a few grapes that were still on the vine and handed me a couple to taste. Sweet. Our walk continued…on towards his family’s Tintore vines…vines that were 100, 130 plus years old. Vines that stretched across the vineyard still hanging on to their beautiful fall leaves that which shone in the early autumn sunlight. We talked about his wines, his territory, his family’s history.
Our passeggiata brought us to his family’s osteria, Osteria Reale. Here I visited the family's wine cellar. And I not only had a chance to try his wines, but pair them with seasonal dishes from this terrific territory.
I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a wine than sitting on a terrace with a spectacular view of the mountains. Can you?