Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Venturing into Northern Italy

After lunch in Innsbruck, we headed south to Italy. Rather than motor straight on through to Lake Garda, I planned a short stopover in Bolzano.

Bolzano is an interesting town, because it used to be part of Austria and was called Bozen. When trying to map the town (on Google and in the car's navigation system), you have to know the Italian names since it is technically part of Italy now. However, many of the people in the area still use the Austrian names for the town and the streets. It makes it a bit difficult to find things.

I did some research and found an up-and-coming family winery, Glögglhof in Bolzano, part of the Trentino Alto Adige area. The wine maker, Franz Gojer, has received worldwide recognition for his skills (in a very cult way).

We tasted several of their wines, including the Lagrein and a very nice Merlot. While this region is very well known for their crisp, flavorful white wines, the Glögglhof red wines were solid and enjoyable. A private tasting with the family Gojer made it all the more memorable. As you can see from the photos, it was a very hot day and we worked up quite a sweat hiking through the hilly vineyard on our tour of their property. The air-conditioned tasting room was a welcome break.

Also in Bolzano, believe it or not, is a Harley Davidson dealer (english link: HD Bolzano). Although I ride an Arlen Ness Kingpin, my traveling companion is a Harley owner. After our visit to the Glögglhof winery, we stopped at the Harley dealer to pick up some local swag. Ken bought me a great t-shirt that I frequently wear when I'm riding. Thanks dude!

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