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The Giro d’Italia 2022 kicked off today from Budapest, Hungary, which will experience its first 3 stages in the Eastern European country. To then return to Italy, Sicily, in a long caravan that on May 29 will see the “pink race”, one of the most popular in the world, arrive in Verona. And, as has always been the case, the race will also be an opportunity to tell the beauty and food and wine of the many territories crossed. As is well known, the now traditional “Wine Stage” 2022 will be the “Sforzato Wine Stage”, which in addition to showing the world the crown of heroic vineyards, perched on the high mountain terraces of Valtellina, according to experts will be decisive: a stage in the Dolomites, on stage on May 24, one of those to take your breath away, with the peaks close to 2000 meters of Goletto Cadino, which in 1998 was the scene of the victorious ride of the “pirate” Marco Pantani in Montecampione, and of the Mortirolo Pass , 200 kilometers, departing from Salò and arriving in Aprica.
But there will be many wine territories crossed, starting from the first Italian stage, the one that on May 10, in Sicily, will take the riders from Avola to Nicolosi, through Etna, touching some of the most beautiful and significant wine areas of the Island. Another stage of “wine” interest, then, is certainly the n. 10, the Pescara-Jesi, on May 17, with arrival in the capital of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. The stage on 18 May is also decidedly gastronomic, between Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna and Reggio Emilia, lands of Sangiovese di Romagna and Lambrusco, but also of Parmigiano Reggiano. So much so that this is the first “Parmigiano Reggiano Food Stage” in the history of the Giro d’Italia. And if stage no. 13, the Sanremo-Cuneo, will pass near the vineyards of some territories of Liguria and Piedmont, and the n. 15, the Rivarolo Canavese-Cogne, will pass through the vineyards of Chambave, among the most important wine towns of the Aosta Valley, as mentioned, on 24 May it will be the turn of the “Sforzato Wine Stage”, which in Valtellina thus continues a trend that has , over the years, have seen Barolo and Barbaresco as protagonists, in the Langhe, and again the Chianti Classico, Montefalco, land of Sagrantino, and then Franciacorta, then passing through the Romagna del Sangiovese, and the Hills of Prosecco di Conegliano and Valdobbiadene Unesco Heritage , and still Montalcino, the territory of Brunello.
The stage n. 17, then, the Ponte di Legno-Lavarone, will touch the vineyards of Trentito, touching, for example, Cembra, while the n. 18, between Borgo Valsugana and Treviso, will cross a large part of the Prosecco Docg territory, touching, for example, Valdobbiadene and the iconic Muro di Cà del Poggio, and arriving, in fact, in Treviso, in the land of Prosecco Doc. 19, then, which will start from Marano Lagunare to arrive at the Sanctuary of Castelmonte, will show the beauty of the vineyards of Friuli Venezia Giulia, passing, for example, through Cividale del Friuli. Impossible not to mention the arrival stage, the Verona-Verona time trial, a stone’s throw from Valpolicella. For a Giro d’Italia which, like Italy itself, is surrounded by vineyards and bathed in wine almost everywhere.

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Marco Ribaudo

Marco Ribaudo

For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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