Wine Itineraries in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina now has its own wine itinerary! Just make a stop at one of Cortina’s
numerous restaurants whose very mission is to offer high quality food and wine.
You can explore one of these food and wine itineraries on foot, in the very heart
of Cortina, starting from the wine shop with Italy’s best sommelier. Skiers at very
high altitude can also enjoy a good glass of wine after a day of skiing on Cortina’s
snow-clad tracks.

In December, don’t miss our discussion meetings titled “Parlando Di… Vino”
(Discussing Wine) at the Dolom’Eats all’Aquila restaurant.
Cortina is home to the best sommelier of Italy 2019, according to ASPI, the
Association of Italian Sommeliers: Mattia Antonio Cianca is a thirty-three year old
originally from Rome who, after returning to Italy from Melbourne, Australia,
(where he furthered his studies, began his remarkable career and was named the
Best Sommelier of Australia in 2017), arrived in the Ampezzo Valley at the
Alexander Gusto Antico restaurant.

Cortina is located between three great pillars of wine culture, namely Veneto,
Alto-Adige and Austria, in the Val Belluna, famous for its numerous vineyards and
its wine during the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Still today, Cortina
cherishes its wine culture, as is shown by its many restaurants that feature
excellent wine menus and events dedicated to wine: for example VinoVip, an
event held every year in July.
In fact, the Queen of the Dolomites offers a wide range of restaurants, wine bars
and refuges where you can taste excellent wine, both of local origin and from
other Italian and international vineyards. Enjoy a short wine tour on foot, with a
few stops in some of the best wine shops of the town centre, which sets out of
course from here, the Alexander Gusto Antico. This restaurant is dedicated to the
local territory’s food and wine excellence: its shelves feature Italian specialties,
unique dishes and delicious treats. You can try the food like in a snack bar, buy it
like in a deli shop or taste and enjoy it at the table, as is typical of Italian
conviviality.

After the Alexander restaurant and its outstanding sommelier Mattia, you will
walk towards the centre and, just a few steps away from the bell tower, take a
few steps down to enter the warm and cosy Enoteca Cortina da Gerry, a historic
wine bar of the Queen of the Dolomites, famous for its wide range of excellent
wines from all over the world. This is the ideal choice for those wishing to spend
some time together, while enjoying delicious finger food with a glass of wine.

Then, just a few steps away you will reach the Enoteca Baita Fraina, in Largo
Poste. Its wine menu features tastes and aromas from Italy and abroad and has
been conceived by Adolfo Menardi and his sommelier son Simone, with more
than 500 different wines. Their excellent wines can be combined with delicious
gourmet tastings. This wine shop always offers new tasting itineraries for both
enthusiasts and experts.
Just a few steps away in Largo Poste, don’t miss the Enoteca Villa Sandi with its
fine wines and its aperitifs near the town centre, where you can go for the typical
evening stroll. It features a pleasant and cosy terrace, also suitable in winter,
making this wine bar very popular both at lunchtime and in the evening, in every
season.
Outside the centre, on the snow-clad tracks, you can also discover and taste
excellent wines. The Masi Wine Bar is the most popular destination for skiers,
mountain lovers and those exploring our high-altitude paths. This wine bar is
located in Col Druscié, at the first stop of the Freccia del Cielo cable car, at 1,778m
of altitude. It overlooks the tracks of the Alpine Ski World Cup and its large
outdoor terrace offers a view of the Tofana, of Mount Cristallo and of the
Ampezzo valley. All its wines are a fitting match for its dishes belonging the
Veneto tradition and become a key ingredient: for example, the Valpolicella cured
meats refined with Campofiorin wine, the risotto all’Amarone Costasera and
flakes of Mount Veronese, and braised pork cheek with Amarone and honey.

Cortina also hosts numerous events dedicated to wine, such as Parlando Di… Vino
(Discussing Wine), organised by the Dolom’Eats all’Aquila restaurant: on the 22 nd
and 29 th November at 6:30pm, enologist and winemaker Fabrizio Zardini will
share fascinating stories hidden inside a glass of wine. Afterwards, you will taste
three wines and a “snack” (total cost 15.00 € | for further information and
bookings call +39 331 960116 or +39 3388694531).

Cortina Marketing Se.Am.

Foreign Markets Office

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Eleonora Colli – eleonora.colli@cortinamarketing.it

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