Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trip to Piemonte (October 2014 - Valle d'Aosta)...Visit to Les Cretes

Le Cretes' vineyards, surrounding 360 degrees of 16C Coteau la Tour tower

Good morning, Aosta.

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It was chilly in the morning, but the view from my room was gorgeous. I also liked the hotel we are staying. Their breakfast was great, too.

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We drove about 20 minutes to a village of Aymavilles to visit Les Cretes. They make wines from regional varieties, such as Petite Arvine, Petit Rouge and Fumin as well as international varieties. It's a beautiful winery, and the tasting was very interesting.

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Constantino, the owner of the winery, took us to their vineyards which are a short drive from the winery. The vines are planted on hills surrounding a tower, Coteau la Tour from 16th century.

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He also took us to his birth home, which was built about 200 years ago, and the inside is almost unchanged for a long time.

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After the visit, we stopped by at a local pizzeria for a quick lunch. It was good!