Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 14: Alpago (Farra) — Corvara

Giro_2016_00-14It was an interesting fight yesterday, and the pink jersey shifted shoulders once more. Now the real competition has begun.

Now it goes from hard to harder. Stage 14 is the first stage classified as High Mountain, with 6 categorized climbs to pass.


We are in a high mountain area, where there may be snow from september to may. In an area like this, one cannot expect to find local wine, event thoug it may be some produced in the valleys.

We start in Veneto, but too far north for any noteworthy wine production. When searching for information on Belluno, where the riders will be passing through shortly after the start, Prosecco is suggested as a local wine. But we are a good distance norht of the Prosecco area, and we visted Prosecco on Thrusday.

If we go th the finsih, we are directed towards the wines of Alto Adige. There we can find good wine. But if we open Alto Adige wines today, we just push the problem ahead of us. It will not be any easier to find wines along the uphill time trial tomorrow. We will then be closer to Alto Adige. And Tuesday’s stage will go through at least some of the wine areas in Alto Adige. So I will wait until tomorrow and Tuesday with Alto Adige. In the meantime, wecan relax with a beer.

Italy is not known as a beer country. But beer has also been part of Italian culture for a long time. And the beer revival is going on in Italy too. I have found one beer that caught my interest, brewed in Belluno. I have to admit that I have not yet tasted this beer. The beer is Pedavena. It was established in 1896, and is one of the older breweries in Italy. In 1974 it was aquired by Heineken. When Heineken planned to close the brewery, the unionized workes stood up against Hieneken by setting up a cooperative brewery. Pdeavena was later sold to Castello, and they allowed to continue production in the local brewery. But Castello is also part of the Heineken group, so it ramains to be seen what will happen to the brewery. According to the reviews in RateBeer, the beer seems to be rather ordinary. But it has an interesting story, which i reason as good as any to taste the beer when there is an option.

Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d'Italia 2016

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