The tour begins in Bordano, a small village of just 500 inhabitants that reside right on the border between the high Friulian plain and the Julian Prealps. It is here that you can find, for over 15 years, Italy’s largest Butterfly House. At the heart of the structure are three climate-controlled greenhouses that recreate a tropical rainforest, with actual plants and animals from those regions. The greenhouses represent the African jungle, Southeast Asian Forests and the Amazon rainforest. The visit will last an hour but it will feel like you have gone around the world! Expert guides will accompany you as they tell bizarre and compelling stories about the world of butterflies and insects. Giant butterflies of every color will excite and amaze you as they fly around and land on you. You can even touch the extraordinary stick-like and leaf-like insects, Birba the parrot and many others that make their home in this Friulian jungle.
After visiting the tropics it’s back to Friuli. We will introduce you to the micro-dairy inside the Al Tulin agriturismo in Montenars (from the middle of June until September the same experience is possible visiting Malga Confin, where Ennio, Gabri and the whole family, including the cows relocate for the summer). The fresh milk is brought form the barn to the dairy to be transformed into cheese, butter, ricotta, and yogurt. You can see the difference in the color, the aroma and the taste of the fresh milk compared to store-bought milk. You can witness the “miraculous” transformation from liquid to solid and you will see cream become butter in the churn. You will taste ricotta fresh from the vat and yogurt that is still warm. You can visit where the cheese is aged, where every single wheel is meticulously turned day after day and you can witness the magic that is cheese, how it changes color as the days pass. Cheese is available for purchase as well as Al Tulin’s other artisan products.
Finally it’s time to head back down for the last tour, to Mont’Albano Agricola. in the wine cellar that has for over 30 years practiced organic wine making; the first in Friuli. The rules for certified organic production will be explained as well as the ”feelings” behind cultivation, because Mont’Albano produces organically not just for the certification but above all because it is a matter of the heart: to protect our environment and all of our region for those who work here. During the guided visit you will hear how the grape becomes wine (organic) followed by a tasting of two selected organic wines.