A day of Wine and Roses.

It’s not the hit song from 1963 by Andy Williams but it sums up the second day of our holiday in Lase Iseo.

We visited Castello Quistini, a fortified country house dating back to 1560 and situated in Rovato, Brescia.

The gardens contain over 1500 varieties of rose.

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We were taken on a guided tour of the garden by the head gardener who was passionate about his roses. With our rep Viktor acting as interpreter he explained about the history of the rose from its discovery and its breeding and hybridisation resulting in the rose we know today.

Later we went inside to look at the interior of the house and learn a bit of its history.

A short journey then took us to Ebrusco and to one of the vineyards. We were in Franciacorta territory where some of the finest wine in Italy is produced.

The name dates back though history to the Corti Franche when following the arrival of the Clunian monks it became an area of free trade, the curtes francae.

In 1995 Franciacorta was the first Italian wine to be produced exclusively by bottle refermentation to obtain Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita status D.O.C.G.

We were shown the production process which is very modern and saw the thousands of bottles in the cellar.

Later we had the all important wine tasting.

As we were shown to our table I noticed that there were four large glasses at each placement. It looked promising!

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Our first wine was Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut. Ca’ Del Luf, one of the sparkling white wines. It was superb and accompanied by nibbles of Olives and a local hard cheese.

Next for us to try was a Rose – Le Rive, accompanied by slices of Quiche.

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Third on our list was a White Curtefranca – Costa. This was accompanied with some slices of Pizza. We would not want any diner tonight.

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Our final wine was a Red Curtefranca DOC – Burbone, accompanied by some salami.

Conversation was flowing freely as was the wine. Viktor, our rep could sit back and relax. we were all enjoying ourselves.

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All to soon it was time to leave. We had sampled four different wines and a selection of local foods.

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The journey back to the hotel flew by. No-one took any notice of the scenery we were all too busy chatting.

Later that evening it was decision time. What wine do we have with our meal tonight?

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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