There’s a gorgeous aria in La Traviata in which the hero sings that he is living “quasi in ciel”– almost in heaven.

Italy can do that to you–if you let it.

Thousands of us descended on Idiom Vineyards in Somerset West last weekend to immerse ourselves in the Italian spirit. This Italian festival is much loved and attracts not only Italians but also those who love Italian food, style, wine, and Prosecco. Tasting involved wines from all over Italy and delicious proseccos.

The Bottega team with their superb proseccos.

There were seminars to get you to know all about Italian wine  and there were fascinating things to buy, like beautiful glassware, Italian confectionery, and, of course, wine and grappa. The Dalla Cias were there with their fabulous grappas, and, of course, our hosts the Idiom people.

Gorgeous glassware from Casa LV

There were huge marquees  packed to the brim with whole Italian families and nobody was put off by the  pelting down rain.

The serious business of eating

Food to be enjoyed included fragrant melon and prosciutto, and the most delicious risotto funghi I have ever eaten, superb, rich and elevating. There were also Nutella crepes, of course, and excellent beef tagliata with fried polenta chips, superb.


Unwind –Italian style

Well now that it’s all over get yourself to Idiom, try their wines, and eat the excellent food. Sit outside on the terrace and take in the view— lose yourself Italian style.