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Venice — By The Venice Guide on August 9, 2009 at 9:00 am
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Get “Schooled” in Wine…High School Was Never This Fun!

I remember high school as being a bunch of classes that were supposed to prepare us for the real world. If we wanted, we could take some electives like Automotive and Shop Class. Personally, I was not in my realm when it came to these two courses, I was in the band. But had I actually been offered an agricultural class like the ones offered at Istituto Superiore di Istruzione Agraria: Duca degli Abruzzi, roughly translated as “Higher Institute of Agricultural Instruction” I might have taken the class…especially if I had the opportunity to learn how to make wine!

This high school is one of many throughout the Veneto that teaches students how to make wine, olive oil, and other products. It’s a real school, don’t get me wrong, but it basically specializes in products that are produced from the farm. 

I was told about this place because the mother of a friend of mine actually works there. When we arrived, she met us in the cantina and allowed us to taste some of the wine, cheese, and salami before we bought it. We’re not V.I.P.s, anybody can do this when they arrive. 

If you decide to visit and make a purchase, you have some options. You can buy the wine directly in the bottle and it’s always ready to go. However, if you want to stop in and get some for dinner that night and save a little money at the same time, you can take in your own bottle and they’ll fill it up right from the vat! It’s excellent! Take home some cheese and salami too, as it makes for a great Italian style lunch the next day. Remember that this is a high school and they aren’t in it to make money, they’re in it to learn and practice so the wine isn’t super high quality, but it’s better than a cheap bottle from the supermarket for simple table wine.

Where to find them:
Sales Point – Duca degli Abruzzi
via Merlin, 1
Brusegana (PD)

Phone: +39 049 868-5455 

Hours of operation:
Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 8:30am – 12:30pm
Fresh milk is sold daily

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