I discovered this wine producer for accident, ordering a bottle of red wine in a local restaurant. It was awesome! So I kept the bottle and, with some investigation I found the place where to get it.
The territory where this wine maker have his grapes is very special, the dry land, the exposition to the sun make some very strong wine. Their top one is Gemola, grown in Monte Gemola. This wine can be quite expensive and they make it only the years when the grapes get to the perfect condition. The one I had and that I keep going back to buy is "Rosso Riserva" it is a mixture of Merlot and Cabernet, a bottle cost aprox 10 euros but it is really outstanding.
They also have some other red wine and some white. They produce also extra virgin olive oil.
What to buy: Their red wines Gemola and Rosso riserva have a lot of body and taste wonderful
I never tried their white.
What to pay: Prices varies from 12-15 for the Rosso Riserva to 35 Euros for the Gemola.
There is a little shop on the right side of the street as you head up the hill that sells locally made/produced cookies, honey, jams, and other wonderful edibles. A big thing here are "guigiole." I have no idea what their English name is--they are a fruit about the size of a large olive, greenish-red and on trees all over the town. They are used for jams, cookies and "brodo" which is a liquer made from soaking them in grapa. They can also be eaten raw, and taste a bit like apple but with a stringy pulp. This shop had so many goodies we had a hard time choosing, especially with travel restrictions. We ended up with cookies, a torta and a jar of golden raisins soaked in grappa.
What to buy: see above
What to pay: with the euro-dollar exchange rate, everything is an arm and a leg!
Since everything in Arqua Petrarca is constructed of stone, it is difficult to distinguish this place from other shops. Up close however, it is easy to spot as they have various plates hung on the wall outside the front door, and the sign hanging from the wrought iron bracket indicating ceramic goods should be a clear give-a-way.
Upon entry, you will find a large assortment of hand crafted goods for sale, and you don't feel rushed as you browse. In fact, the sales clerk never even rose from her perch at the back of the store. I suppose after receiving countless visitors each day, and with only a very small percentage of customers actually making a purchase, a clerk might become rather jaded in time.
What to buy: You do have to be careful in making your selections, as we found the same article priced about 15% less in two other stores we visited later in the day.
What we thought was a unique, rather one of a kind item, turned out to be mass produced, and sold at every shop seemingly throughout the town.
What to pay: Surprisingly, the prices were reasonable, and we found something within every price range.
The main floor of this shop offers many locally produced products. The shop is spotless, well maintained and well stocked.
Most items are clearly priced, but some we did have to inquire about. I have no fear recommending the quality of their goods, and the pricing was comparable, often cheaper, than their competitors.
The lower level is a fully stocked enoteca, where you can purchase any spirits they produce, either by the glass, or by the bottle.
What to buy: This shop offers locally produced honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, wine vinegars, jube jubes marinated in Grappa, polenta mixes, apricots in Grappa, cherries in Grappa and so on.
In the lower level, the enoteca displays all the various wines this shop produces, including Grappa.
Prices range from 4 euro and up.
What to pay: reasonable prices, comparable or cheaper than their competitors.