This month I completed another level of wine classes with the Italian Sommelier Association. We celebrated together in the small mountainous town of Liberi, at Sclavia Winery, with one last tasting by the fire and a tour of their cellar. It’s a relatively new winery, producing only 30,000 bottles per year, using the native vines of Pallagrello and Casavecchia. The Trebulani mountains surround the property and the colors are still so beautiful this time of year! My classes may be finished but my wine journey is still just beginning!
Enclosed in a sincere and uncontaminated hinterland like that of the Trebulani mountains, rises Liberi, a rural village deriving from the Lombard population who occupied Campania in the sixth century, formerly called Sclavia. Outlining its profile are the tower, effigy of the municipal coat of arms, and the falcon, which free and proud flies over our vineyards. In honor of the origins and history of the place, in 2012 Sclavia, a winery was born, which shows in its logo the two emblems of the village, redesigned by the Neapolitan painter Salvatore Ravo.http://www.sclavia.com
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!