We settled on Acquaviva Winery's Bianco Bello, a soft and delicious white wine. The label notes state that it is, "Balanced and fresh, with a slightly sweet taste". Yep, that summed it up just fine!
So, we plugged the address into the GPS and pointed the Blue SUV northwest from our hacienda. The trip took just under two hours, so it gave us time to jabber about the scenery and sing along with the songs on the oldies radio station (probably to the chagrin of our daughter, who was along for the ride). The weather wasn’t what we’d call “warm”, but at least the sun was poking its head out from the clouds on occasion…which was a welcome sight!
Massive doors with beautiful vineyard handiwork gave way to a rotunda complete with marble railings and columns, and a ceiling painted a la Michelangelo. It took world-renowned European artist Andrew Zabela-Zabelin eight months to complete the paintings alone. His talent and patience is paid off in spades with the beauty seen overhead. It is awesome and awe-inspiring!
Acquaviva is a full-service winery located in a 20,000 square foot facility. The location has a tasting bar, a restaurant, a marketplace, as well as a winemaking production center. They also have a banquet facility which looks like a beautiful location for a winery wedding! In fact, many others must feel that way, too, because every weekend throughout the summer is booked with folks getting hitched.
We ordered the day’s special of a salmon stuffed with cheese and artichoke hearts served with small red potatoes and asparagus; Pollo Pesto Panini (grilled chicken on Ciabatta bread with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella with creamy pesto dressing) ; and Funghi e Salsiccio (pizza with Roma tomatoes, wild mushrooms, basil, Italian sausage, and fresh mozzarella). Everything was served quickly and was beautifully plated. And, everything was deliciously fresh and scrumptious! (The ladies at the table next to us also had a pizza which they said was delicious.) Our server was friendly and attentive, and had a great personality. Our tab was truly reasonable for the amount of delicious food we had.
The marketplace has Acquaviva Wines for purchase, as well as other items for those who enjoy wine. They are in the process of remodeling a Bed and Breakfast facility in that building, too. It should be ready soon, according to the staff.