Umbria Blog | Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

Umbria Blog | Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

The Italian word for the grape harvest is “vendemmia”. The vendemmia calendar in Umbria and South Tuscany is in late September, early October. In other parts of Italy this may be different, but early to mid fall is the period in Umbria and Tuscany. In September we’ve had good weather in Umbria. Antonio, the wine maker and owner of Il Torrione, started with harvesting early October. […]

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Olive harvest at Frantoio Loreti in Gualdo Tadino

Olive harvest at Frantoio Loreti in Gualdo Tadino

Every year in October and November is the time to harvest the olives in Umbria. In 2014 we had a terrible harvest: a combination of bad weather (a mild winter and rain in summer) led to Italy’s most disastrous olive harvest. The olive fruit fly damaged the olives by leaving its larvae in the olive which destroyed the fruit. This year is going to be a […]

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Spello’s Gold

Spello’s Gold

Last weekend Spello celebrated its “gold liquid” with the Frantoi Aperti. Every year in November this event promotes Umbria’s DOP extra virgin olive oil. Its 17th edition transformed this mediaval hill town into a place of theaters, open markets, art, traditional Umbrian song and dance performances, olive oil tastings (bruschetta with new olive oil, soups and local pastries) and much more. Delicious! On the Sunday afternoon the “Spellani” […]

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Tasting new olive oil in Spello

Tasting new olive oil in Spello

It is about a month now that people have started harvesting olives in Umbria. Some have already finished, others are still picking olives. During this period there are many events and local markets where you can taste the new olive oil. Bruschetta with new olive oil! Hmmm! During these markets the Umbrian people also promote their local food. For example different kinds of cheeses, sausages, […]

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Festa dell’olio nuovo in Tuoro

Festa dell’olio nuovo in Tuoro

Last weekend was party time in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, a small village near the house of my colleague. As normal with these village parties there were quite a few places where one could do some ‘liver maintenance’ or fill the stomach. We could choose from wild boar (pasta or wild boar stew, both very good), fish from the Trasimeno Lake, ‘fagioli con le cotiche’, that […]

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