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Wine Tasting at Azienda Vinicola Sorrento

When we heard there was a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius that offered wine tastings we didn't need much convincing to make a booking there and then.

From Sorrento we caught the train to Pompeii. A taxi was ready and waiting to whisk us to Azienda Vinicola in air conditioned bliss.
When we arrived we were taken on a little tour of the vineyard. Angelo, our guide told us how the vineyard had been handed down from generation to generation. The volcanic soil is full of nutrients, and although the wine isn't technically the best quality, the name Vesuvius makes it more attractive to consumers. He also told us that because the vineyard is in a national park they have to abide by certain rules. They aren't allowed to use pesticides so all of their products are certified organic. 
We went at lunch time so it was hot. Very, very hot. I opted to wear a grey oversized T-shirt, denim shorts and my Birkenstock Arizona's. I love these sandals. Expect a full post on them tomorrow.

We walked through the vineyard to the restaurant for lunch. 
We started with bruschetta, homemade olive oil and a glass of Prosecco. The bruschetta was lovely. The olive oil was incredible. And the Prosecco was the best I've ever had. 
Next was a simple pasta al pomodoro made with home grown tomatoes and served with white wine. Absolutely delicious. 
Our main course was a selection of meats, vegetables and cheese. The meat and cheese was locally produced and the vegetables were grown on the vineyard. The vegetables and olives were beautiful but the cheese wasn't for me unfortunately. It was a little strong. Gotta love those freshly picked olives though! This course was served with red wine, which I tried and actually didn't hate. Praise indeed as I usually hate red wine. 
The final course, which I completely forgot to take a picture of was a simple sponge cake with homemade apricot grappa poured over the top. Ooee! That had a kick!

Having consumed my usual monthly quota of booze in one afternoon, we giggled all the way back to Sorrento, where I spent the evening drinking virgin cocktails.

We had a great time at Azienda Vinicola and would highly recommend it if you're ever in Sorrento. We paid 85 Euros per person. It was such a lovely and memorable experience that I'd really like to go to a vineyard in the UK.

If you'd like more information about Azienda Vinicola you can visit their website here

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