Our first day out, we drove from the southern end of Lake Garda to Riva del Garda at the North end, a road that takes you along the lake and through some tunnels made famous in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. Our drive was a bit more tame than James' in his Astin Martin.
The weather forecast for the Stelvio Pass looks miserable for the next few days, with rain, snow and ice predicted, and since we were close to a winery we would be visiting at the end of the trip, we asked if we could visit it earlier than we'd planned, and were welcomed yesterday.
The Alfa is an adorable car, but you have to remember that it is 48 years old, so no automatic anything, when we asked if there was a cigarette lighter to plug in our GPS we got some chuckles---that was a no. The noise this thing makes in the tunnels is something to behold, and people stop and ask where we got it, and how long we've had it.
We arrived at 2 p.m. for our tour and we greeted by the Marchese San Leonardo and his constant companion, a Jack Russell terrier named Barrique, mostly for his size and resemblance to wine casks.
|This style of arbor is called a pergola, the leaves shade the grapes as they ripen in the summer. The flip side is that they must be picked by hand.|
Ciao for now.