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Santa Margarita winery tour/tasting in Italy?

chattys82 Jul 12, 2012 09:47 AM

Is is possible to do a Santa Margarita winery tour in Italy? I will be there in October. I'm not exactly sure which region I would find that...if any? From what I can tell, there is a Santa Margarita winery in Italy and also in California. Thanks! I am more of a white wine person, so was thinking that one of their tours including tasting the Pinot Grigios, would be a perfect fit for me.


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  1. jen kalb RE: chattys82 Jul 12, 2012 11:03 AM

    I think that Santa Margherita is a mass market bulk winery with operations in several regions (Pinot Grigio in the Alto Adige) - you might be better served, if you want to have a winery tour while in Italy, to look for something on a smaller scale and more convenient to your other touring plans. there is a white wine winery thread going on now that you might look at.

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      chattys82 RE: jen kalb Jul 12, 2012 11:08 AM

      jen, that's actually the thread i started (i think)! too funny. Thanks so much!

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        jen kalb RE: chattys82 Jul 12, 2012 11:31 AM

        yes. anyway, I dont think thats the type of operation you are looking to visit, nor is it convenient to your destinations as I remember them.

    2. vinoroma RE: chattys82 Jul 12, 2012 02:15 PM

      Please do not visit SM. It is like a factory, not a winery. I agree with jen.

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        erica RE: vinoroma Jul 13, 2012 04:03 AM

        I did not want to be impolite, but Santa Margherita is famous more for their marketing than for their wine. They manage to sell heaps of mediocre pinot grigio for an inflated price here in the US.

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          jen kalb RE: erica Jul 13, 2012 04:47 AM

          I dont know if the price is inflated - its one of the more decent jug pinot grigios around and fills that need. Ive had bottles standing in my refrigerator quite recently!

          1. re: jen kalb
            jen kalb RE: jen kalb Jul 13, 2012 07:46 AM

            see correction below.

          2. re: erica
            vinoroma RE: erica Jul 13, 2012 06:32 AM

            Sm pg retails in the us for around 20 usd. For that price point, it is a terrible wine.

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              jen kalb RE: vinoroma Jul 13, 2012 06:41 AM

              (edited) I think I may need to correct myself, since I may be have mis-remembered the name of the product we actually have bought at our wine shop - which also carries Santa Margherita and which we have drunk.. In any event- I recently saw a Santa Margherita billboard in downtown Brooklyn which surprised me. i would certainly not buy this product at the price you quote when CAVIT and others are available at a fraction of the cost. and for that matter, more distinctive wines like Alois Langeder's can be purchased for say $13 for a fifth..

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                bob96 RE: jen kalb Jul 15, 2012 09:15 AM

                Second the delicious Lageder--also other Alto Adige PGs from Elena Walch and Tiefenbrunner, ranging from $13-$18.

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                  rootytootyfreshnfrooty RE: jen kalb Jul 15, 2012 09:19 AM

                  i like CAVIT. I also like their premium version- Bottega Vinaia.

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                    allende RE: rootytootyfreshnfrooty Jul 15, 2012 01:35 PM

                    When people go to the Alto Adige, they can do so much better than drinking CAVIT, including Bottega Vinaia. One, and only one example as bob96 said, are Elena Walch's wines, particularly the Lagrein, both the regular bottling and the riservas.

                    Not sure why people drink CAVIT , which is really nothing more than mass produced bottlings, when there are so many others that are made with (exquisite) care. The differences are substantial.

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                      jen kalb RE: allende Jul 15, 2012 05:30 PM

                      just to be clear, Id never suggest drinking it in the Alto Adige but its a serviceable jug in NY at its price point.. I would love it it more of the other bottlings (in addition to the Langeder, and especially lagrein and pinot blanc, were available in NY) there are wonderful wines in this region.

                      1. re: jen kalb
                        erica RE: jen kalb Jul 16, 2012 05:16 AM

                        For anyone interested: Lageder Pinot Bianco is available in NYC....try Garnet in Manhattan.
                        About $13. a 750 ml bottle.

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