|We enjoyed one last supper together as an entire group.|
|Amber Moe and Sandi Jaspers, the birthday ladies.|
|The Lungarotti winery, built in 1962, produces over 2,500,000 bottles of wine per year on |
about 620 acres. The USA is the second largest importer of Lungarotti wine behind Germany.
|Once the grapes are pressed large stainless steel vats are used for the |
fermentation process, one that takes two to three weeks to complete.
|Then the wine is moved to large or small oak barrels for maturation.|
|The oak barrels can be used up to 50 years when well cared for.|
|This winery makes over 40,000 bottles of Spumante each year. to remove the sediment, the tops of the bottle is frozen, the sediment removed, and the sweetness and carbonation added. Then the bottle is corked and ready for the consumer.|
|At the conclusion of our tour we taste four wines (the four center bottles) and two olive oils (on either end.)|
|Cheers from Bob and Karen Thaler and Dan and Jeanie Sobieck!|
|Terry and Sandi Jaspers raise a glass.|
|Kevin and Amber Moe picked up a few bottles for the road.|
|We ate lunch on the second level of this beautiful farm house.|
|A majority of the meals we have eaten as been family style with up to five |
or six courses including the espresso at the end of the meal.
|This pure bred breed is not seen as much in the USA as it does not do as well in a high grazing environment.|
Here are a few views of the country side from the farm we toured today.
|Most machinery is much smaller than we are used to seeing in South Dakota as in Italy.|
|Panoramic view from the farm.|