Madonna dell'Uva

Madonna dell'Uva, Borgomanero: Address, Phone Number, Madonna dell'Uva Reviews: 5/5

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Howie G
Abilene, TX394 contributions
Had another opportunity in October to enjoy Madonna dell'Uva!
Oct 2015 • Solo
Friends from Germany invited me to join them in Tuscany in October, and I jumped at the chance to go as I also had a friend from home who had just commenced an Italian language program in Milan, and with that being an hour or so away from Borgomanero, I set in motion plans to revisit the Zanettas and try Madonna dell'Uva's wines once again. All I can say is that the wines were as good this time as the last, and they were great then. Elena and Giuseppe were the same two lovely people I met in July, making it a pleasure to see them once again, and share their wine once again with them. Now, the problem for me is how to find their wine in the USA--no success yet but supposedly someday it will be possible--as I cannot afford visiting Borgomanero as often as I would like to enjoy Madonna dell'Uva's wines!
Written 16 October 2015
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Howie G
Abilene, TX394 contributions
La Dolce Vita - La Bella Lingua - A dream vineyard visit and great wines served by the Zanetta family.
Jul 2015 • Solo
For those who love speaking Italian, learning Italian; for those who love Italian wine; for those who are also of the age to remember with so much pleasure that great classic Italian film "La Dolce Vita", with Marcello Mastroianni speaking so passionately and romantically toward Anita Ekberg, then you get the sense of how, in one evening in July, there was a sense of transformation for me as if I were in a movie, being carried away by it all, for what was truly one of my most memorable experiences ever in my continuing interest in “all things Italian.” And with my having had such a memorable experience by having visited the vineyards of Madonna dell’Uva, I refuse to allow myself to write a bland review, but a passionate one instead. (Maybe I have some Italian blood in me after all!)

Using my limited Italian, as I said that evening to Guiseppe Zanetta and his daughter, Elena, as this lovely day with them was ending, the time I had had in their vineyards with them and the wine tasting and conversation that came particularly during the wine tasting, made me feel like I was truly alive in a scene from a Tornatore movie I love so much, “Cinema Paradiso.” When I conclude this review I will finish with a word-for-word cut and paste from an email I sent a Hungarian friend just minutes after returning to my room at my Italian language teacher's home in Borgomanero and in which I shared with him my immediate thoughts. That email says it all.

I am at this writing, by good fortune, on the island of Pantelleria, Italy. Pantelleria produces a stunning passito wine and one of those is called, “Ben Rye”, which is Arabic for “Son of the Wind”. My teacher, Lucia De Zuani, when I was in Borgomanero just a few days ago, learned in the first week of my studies with her that I have a passion for Ben Rye. So, Lucia took me to several stores and in one where we eventually found a bottle.

My purpose for being in Borgomanero was to improve my language, but once I was there, then with Lucia’s having learned of my passion for good wine, and her insightfulness and gifts she has knowing I wasn't merely wanting to improve my language skills, but to learn more of Italian lifestyles and culture, she went above and beyond! She recalled reading in the local paper that Madonna Dell'Uva had a won an award at a New York wine tasting, so she called Elena to make arrangements for a tour of the vineyard with a wine tasting to follow, which included Madonna Dell'Uva's gold medal winning Nebbiolo that won that medal in the "Italy DOC Red" category at the 2015 New York International Wine Competition. I was privileged to share a bottle of that wine with the Zanettas and Lucia my evening with them and it was an amazing wine!

The vineyards are lovely and maybe 15 minutes away from the site where the wine is vinified. Guiessepe's passion for the vines, for his grapes, required no translation. Elena has the same. She is actually the current owner, and, the FOURTH generation of wine makers in the family! But, Guisseppe did most of the talking as his precious daughter and Lucia would sneak in a few words in English for me from time to time as I did not have the vocabulary to comprehend as much as I would want but, this much is simply true: Italians have so much more emotion in their body gestures, their hand movements, their voices, than Americans do. Just watching Guissepe talk with his hands was a pleasure. Hearing the passion in his voice was so much as well a grand pleasure.

However, the most entertaining part of the time that followed after the vineyard visit was the wine with light snacks. We tried 4 different wines in total, 3 of the 4 of which were stunningly good. One was an experimental wine they had produced and wanted to see how it went over, so to speak. It was good but I wouldn't seek it out. The other 3 wines I would. The entertainment that was priceless, however, was watching Elena's lovely facial and hand gestures as her father spoke where she emoted so much warmth, love, joy and life. They were commentaries on what her father was saying. It was charming. Truly. Hers was a running visual commentary on her father’s spoken comments, but her commentary was absolutely without sound, comprising only facial gestures, hand movements. Only in Italy, my friends! Only in Italy!

I've said enough, but, as a book author, when I am really, REALLY excited about something, I find I cannot help but try express my feelings very descriptively since I truly want to share the same feelings with others as I have had. And, that said, I now close this (LONG) review with the cut and paste from my email that I sent to my Hungarian friend, "Bill, I just walked in the door after the most amazing, most wonderful evening at the vineyards of a wine maker here in Borgomanero who has an incredibly wonderful series of fantastic wines that are dirt cheap. It's only 10 minutes from Lucia's house by foot. We drove there, had a tour of the facilities, then they took us into the vineyards for an hour and a half and then we returned for a degustazione in their shop. It was simply beyond description and not because of the overall wine quality, which was stupendous, but due to the absolute joy of seeing Italians in their comfort in their home, which is also their place of business, and the complete joy and passion with which they speak their beautiful language not only with their tongues but their hands. I did not understand as much as I would have loved but the companionship that was their was simply in the "al di la". It is hard to describe; however, being here with Lucia is the difference between being a customer in a pet shop, looking at the gold fish in the bowl, and being one of the gold fish in the bowl. Tonight, my friend, I was truly a gold fish in the bowl. It is a memory I will have all my life."
Written 12 July 2015
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