BLESSING IN A VINEYARD IN UMBRIA
Umbrian Hillside is a wonderful sea of green. A land whose rolling hills are dotted with castles, fortresses and watchtowers, well-preserved hill towns produce world-renowned handmade ceramics, and a tasteful wine. Umbria is exactly in the centre of Italy, north of Rome, east of "Tuscany" and west of "Le Marche". In this beautiful scenery there is a Vineyard company close to Orvieto, which is one of the top-quality wine producers in Umbria. The Company has a wonderful Villa to rent situated in the midst of this territory surrounded by vineyards. The villa with its swimming-pool and ancient furniture can accommodate up to 10 people in 5 bedrooms.
The villa is the property of the wine estate with its 140acres of beautiful vineyards surrounding it . Also located on the property is a deconsecrated church to hold weddings. In this exclusive setting a Norwegian couple held their bryllup with 79 guests who arrived from Norway, some of the guests arrived from Rome with a helicopter. When the bride and groom arrived in March 08 to have their wedding inspection at the venue their eyes immediately lightened and they said: "this is our wedding venue". We visited the deconsecrated church, the Villa, walked in the vineyards and of course visited the winery to see and taste the wine.
The couple wanted a special focus on music and Italian food for their wedding. The couple and their parents rented the villa and the guests slept in villas around and in hotels in the historic centre of Orvieto town. The morning of the event the sky was cloudy and the groom with a gold coloured closed umbrella was already in front of the church to welcome the guests. After the hairdresser finished her work with the bride a glass of 'spumante' is just the way to give some energy for the day.
The florist delivered the light violet roses bouquet and the old Alfa Romeo Duetto Cabriolet dated 1974 left the Villa for the church. All the guests were inside listening to classic music played by a string quartet when the bride arrived in front of the church, just close to the vineyard. The ceremony took about 50 minutes with a soprano and some organ music. After the celebration all the guests went outside in the garden with the gorgeous view of the Umbrian hillsides to enjoy the welcome cocktail with typical Umbrian food.
That's the moment that the bride and the groom left the church with the Alfa Romeo for the Villa, where the groom changed his clothes. After the cocktail the couple chose to have a long meal composed by three different first courses like 'Rise with yellow pumpkin', 'Ravioli filled with mozzarella cheese and spinach', 'Strengozzi -handmade pasta- with Porcini mushrooms and truffle', and a delicious ice cream with chocolate.Visit the vineyard
Each single course was accompanied by different kinds of Wine depending on the food. Wine began to have its effect and there was a familiar atmosphere with Italian music songs, sung by Sonia. After the first courses and ice cream at about 4.00p.m. all the guests were invited to join a wine tasting tour. Only a 5 minute walk away into the tuft caves where the wine cellars are where everyone was offered a sparkling wine tasting.
When the guests went back to the reception room the bride and groom decided that the men had to change their seats at the tables. They prepared two table seating cards, one for the first courses and one for the second course. In this way the women seated with their men at the same table of first courses, but found other men seated near them when the main course was served.
The waiters started to serve the second courses, which were composed by a delicious wild boar served with blueberry and also "Leccarda" Pheasant. To drink they all had red wine served in Magnum bottles. All the wine was served by the waiters. The second course finished and it was an occasion to stand up a little bit, but it was also a chance to talk with everyone before the three stories of eggnog liquor and fruity wedding cake arrived in the room for the cutting of the wedding cake, thereafter the party and dancing started with the DJ. It was a long wonderful wedding day, immersed in the vineyard and of course, in the wine too.