During the course of the Plate to Page Ireland weekend, participants will be drinking Prosecco from our generous sponsor, Nino Franco Prosecco. Anyone who has visited the magical city of Venice has most certainly encountered the famous wine of Prosecco. The legendary estate of Nino Franco, located in the celebrated region of Valdobbiadene, has been producing Prosecco wines for more than three generations. Unquestionably one of the top producers of Prosecco today, the quality of the man behind Nino Franco Prosecco is manifested in the wine itself. Primo Franco, grandson of the original founder Nino, professionally and lovingly moved this estate into the twenty first century, setting an example for other producers. Nino Franco Prosecco is found on the wine lists of some of the top restaurants and fine independent merchants through out the world. American wine critic Robert Parker scored Rustico 89/100, saying: "Rustico is clean and fruity, with a creamy texture and a lemon and melon aftertaste."
Any visit to the Valdobbiadene region is filled with food, wine and travel story inspirations - and never more so than when visiting the Nino Franco estate. With an ancient stonewalled vineyard, a beautiful villa available for B&B, excellent situation in the charming town of Valdobbiadene, and Venice an easy 1hour ride/ train away, a visit to the Nino Franco winery is an unmissable opportunity. Nino Franco has teamed up with the Plate to Page team to offer one lucky Plate to Page participant and their guest the chance to spend the night at the sumptuous Villa Barberina as well as a private wine tasting with the Francos. Here is how the competition will work:
Each participant in the From Plate to Page Ireland workshop is invited to submit a photographic composition of their choice taken during the workshop weekend, featuring a bottle of Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco. Whether you focus purely on the bottle, or choose to depict the bottle in the context of a meal, a place or a social occasion is your choice. A single image will be selected from all entries by a jury consisting of the Franco family and independent judge, well-known wine blogger and photographer Andrew Barrow. The overall winner as selected by the jury will be invited to spend two nights at the luxury Villa Barberina in the heart of the Nino Franco Prosecco walled vineyard in the town centre of Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy. (The surrounding vineyard produces the revered Grave di Stecca Prosecco.) In addition to the stay in the villa, the winner will also receive a private wine tasting at the Nino Franco winery.
We are looking forward tremendously to seeing the images that are produced - almost as much as we are looking forward to sampling the Prosecco during the course of the weekend!
All images courtesy of Nino Franco Prosecco