On the first day of May, a cloudless blue sky and a light wind typical of spring accompanied the first excursion organized by Vanessa, our Guest Experience Manager. A new professional figure in the B-Family with an important role: guiding guests during their #BLocal experience to the discovery of the beauty of Lake Garda.
This year, the Boffenigo has become a “Panorama & Experience Hotel”. A title that fully reflects its new philosophy: Be Local, living the whole territory through guided experiences that combine nature, tradition and culture, for a richer and more authentic holiday.
A surprising walk through the vineyards
The excursion on May 1st began at 10.15am, directly from the Boffenigo.
"Renate, a German guest of ours, and I climbed from the copse below the hotel and headed down to the Monvei area among the olive groves, and arrived at Bardolino. - says Vanessa - When we came out onto the Sem road we stopped at the Ca’ Bottura farm to have a sip of an excellent Garganega, and suddenly we saw a vintage tractor rally. There were quite a number of them and from different years ... even mine! The oldest was from the 1940s and we had the chance to climb onto it ... an enjoyable surprise also because it was the first edition of the event!"
The excursion then continued on the way back, passing through the Bondi area and finally to Murlongo. Surrounded by nature, the walk allowed Vanessa and Renate to admire the beauty of the gentle hills of Bardolino and the south-east of Lake Garda, an area that today hosts an extensive cultivation of vineyards for the production of the renowned Bardolino DOC wine.
Discovering the Ca’ Bottura farm
Going up the road that from Bardolino takes you to Albarè di Costermano, a few meters from the suggestive Eremo San Giorgio, is the Ca’ Bottura farm, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It is the heart of the classic Bardolino wine area and the destination of the first excursion with the Boffenigo.
Ca’ Bottura is run by is Maurizio Andreoli, a winemaker who inherited the passion for wine from his father Romano and today works together with his son Andrea, tending the vineyards, producing wine and bottling it. His wife Fabiola, very friendly and always smiling, takes care of the guests!
The Andreoli family is deeply devoted to this sector, but above all have a great respect for the area surrounding the farm, two features which are reflected in their products: from the award-winning Bardolino Chiaretto Brut Spumante Doc to the fresh Garganega, tasted during the trip (What a treat!).
The excursion in detail:
Time: 2 h.
Max rise: 250m.
Route: dirt track in the woods suitable for everyone.
Outfit: comfortable clothing for walks in the hills.
Special equipment: not necessary.
Do not miss the next article in the magazine about our second excursion. It will be about the Boffenigo hill and cheese tasting with the Warkens!