Tomato Fun!

There’s nothing like a morning spent in the peaceful countryside of Lazio rolling up our sleeves and learning how to can tomato sauce like the Italians. SO. MUCH. FUN!! With our car still in the shop, we signed up for a tour to help out sorting, washing, cooking, grinding, and bottling tomatoes! After our hard work, as the heat started to take hold of us, we took cover in the wine cellars of Porto di Mola to enjoy a wine tasting and traditional Neapolitan lunch. (And we got to keep some homemade sauce!)


“Porto di Mola is set in a very particular territory, on the slopes of the Roccamonfina volcano and with its gaze towards the Appia. A magical place, rich in history and with a strong wine-growing vocation. It is located near an ancient Roman trading port found in an archaeological excavation of 1992, which inspired the name of the company. In these territories, wine and oil were therefore already transported in ancient times and this tradition lives on in the modern Port of Mola.” The cellar, a 2000 square meter building, is located in the center of the expansive estate. A simple and essential place, designed to satisfy the production of the 60 hectares of vineyards in which Antimo, with the oenologist Davide Arturo Erbaggio, follow every stage of processing, from the extraction of the juice to the final bottling. Every year the Porto di Mola winery produces about 250,000 bottles, the result of volcanic soils that give their wines a unique structure and a “flavor with a thousand nuances”. In the vineyard, mechanical work and manual work are combined. The management of the land is completely mechanical, while the dry and green pruning derive from the manual work of their team of experts. “A rigorous discipline, in all stages of production, guarantees a wine made according to tradition, genuine and refined. The end result is of a great passion for this profession and the generosity of the land.”

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A few wine and olive oil purchases 🙂


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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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