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Showcasing the lush, wine-growing Valpantena valley close to Verona

By Thursday, 30 June 2022 12:38

Showcasing the lush, wine-growing Valpantena valley, close to Verona in Italy’s Veneto region, the newly formed Rete Valpantena network is spearheading strategies to market the pre-alpine valley as an unspoiled tourist attraction for visitors seeking authentic experiences in Italy. 

Using food and wine to boost tourism

The group, formed of seven visionary entrepreneurs from local wineries, farmsteads and hotels - Agricola Pernigo, Angelini Wines & Estates, Costa Arente, La Collina dei Ciliegi and Ca' del Moro Wine Retreat, Ripa della Volta and La Cru Restaurant with Villa Balis Crema - has put together plans to put the valley on the tourist map. The declared objective is to use food and wines together with the valley’s natural beauty to attract Italian and international travellers. 

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“We will create a digital platform and work with tour operators”

"The Valpantena is a kaleidoscope of landscapes, culture, food, wine, and accommodation. Our area is underestimated and on the fringe of what Verona has to offer visitors," explains Ettore Nicoletto, the CEO of Angelini Wines & Estates who helms Rete Valpantena. The first steps, he adds, include creating a digital platform to spotlight the area’s appeal, and opening a tourist information office.  "To promote this little-known area we will work with tour operators, and we are identifying new tailor-made leisure activities. Alongside our great wines, gastronomic prestige and nature, we need to develop the Valpantena’s historical and cultural attractions.


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Upscale accommodation and a Michelin restaurant

The valley is a paradise for nature lovers, cyclists, equestrians and walkers, and two of its top draws are the Relais Villa Balis Crema, with the Michelin-starred La Cru restaurant, and the Ca’ del Moro Wine Retreat which is part of the La Collina dei Ciliegi winery. The Villa Balis Crema, an ancient Medici mansion, has 17 contemporary suites, a biological swimming pool, a stunning officinalis herb garden and Chef Giacomo Sacchetto’s magical Michelin flair.  The Ca’ del Moro has six suites in a former old hamlet, a luxury glamping tent (with more on the way) fine dining, and tours and weekends for wine lovers featuring the region’s famous Valpolicella and, top of the crop, the Amarone which is one of Italy’s trifecta of superb wines.   

ca del moro Ca’ del Moro Wine Retreat  

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