Terre di Toscana 2019, Event in Tuscany

Terre di Toscana 2019

Tuscany is well-known all over the world for Its Beauty. Tuscany is a golden hue of sunflower fields and pale green grape wines, that  line in rows, framing a stone farmhouse, Renaissance tower, or a decorative church. There are  long gravel roads, leading to villas and vineyards, romantically decorated with soaring cypress trees.

Tuscany is a combination of Natural and Man-Made Wonder, and famous  for masterfully producing Red, White, and Dessert Wines with world-renowned Food that can accompany each glass. So, how can you experience this real-life fantasy? Let’s go to an amazing Wine Tasting called “Terre di Toscana 2019”On the 3th /4th March 2019 I didn’t miss the twelfth edition of “Terre di Toscana 2019” , a  Wine Event organized by “Acqua Buona” that took place  inside the “Una Hotel ” in Camaiore

Top Tuscan Wineries

Every year  “Terre di Toscana 2019” is the most definitive event about Tuscan Wines . Over 130 talented Wine Makers and Producers gathered up for two  days to showcase their Wines to Trade and Wine Lovers. The program included Local Product Tastings, such as Cheese, ham, sausages and pastry, and Cooking Shows. “Acqua Buona”selected precisely the following   Wineries: 

 “Terre di Toscana 2019” is  for Wine Enthusiast  who wanted to expand their  knowledge about Tuscan Wine, and a great opportunity to  taste the Top Tuscan White & Red Wines as well as the best Chianti Classico Wine in the very area that bears its name. Hundreds of stands are set up in the charming “Una Hotel ”  , an exclusive estate directly overlooking the beautiful  Tyrrhenian sea.  “Terre di Toscana 2019“is not only about enjoying a glass or two with some good grub, but it’s also a chance to wet your palate and stock up on the region’s best established and up-and-coming Vintages. 

Here My “Terre di Toscana 2019”  Top Tuscan Wines List

Caiarossa Bianco 2016: This elegant and balanced White Wine is an expression of both varietal Viognier and Chardonnay cultivated on the most chalky terroir of the estate. The name of Caiarossa was coined as a homage to the soil, which is characterized by the presence of jasper, rock and pebbles intensely red in color.  Caiarossa Winery  history began in 1998, taking as its guide the principles of organic agriculture for the cultivation of the vineyards and that of geo-dynamics and the oriental discipline of Feng Shui for the construction of the cellars.

Poggio ai Ginepri Vermentino 2016, Argentiera: It’s an elegant and fruity White Wine made from Vermentino 90% and Sauvignon Blanc 10%. Intense straw yellow in color. Fresh on the nose with fruit-forward notes of pear, banana and apricot. On the palate, floral tones of lavender and white flowers . On the palate, It’s  fresh and easy drinking; truly well balanced. A long, flavorful finish is pronounced by aromatics and definitive minerality.

Sassicaia 2016, Tenuta San Guido: The “Sassicaia by Tenuta San Guido” is an important and legendary wine, a Bordeaux blend of Bolgheri, aged for 24 months in barrique. Intense and complex, rich of herbaceous and mineral aromas, wild fruits, graphite, Mediterranean scrub, and with a soft and robust character, it embodies the essence of Supertuscan;

Sterpato 2015,  Varramista: This is a ruby red wine of medium intensity. It is made from Sangiovese 80%, Merlot 10%, and Cabernet 10%. To the nose It presents fruity and slightly spicy notes reminiscent of wild berries. The flavour is smooth, lively, easy to drink, well-balanced, persistent. 

Ixe Pietro Beconcini Tempranillo Toscana: It’s a fantastic Italian  version of the Spanish grape called “Tempranillo” that is able to grow in San Miniato. The extraordinary adaptation of these vines to this part of Tuscany gives birth to a unique and generous Red Wine. It’s a fruity and mineral Red Wine, with violet and blue highlights typical of this Vine. 

Reciso 2013 Pietro Beconcini: It’s a Super Tuscan, a Red Wine made from Sangiovese, is produced in very limited quantities. It’s a ruby and intense red Wine.

Falluca Cabernet Franc: A great wine to satisfy the most discerning palates. It has a dual personality: complex and deep, reveals hints of red fruits like black currant, strawberry and raspberry while being oxygenated in the glass. Fine and elegant it has all the characteristics of the grape and our territory. We like to drink it slowly, because it changes every time, glass after glass, all the evening and the following day too.

Mastro Janni 2014, 2016, 2017 : The good thermal excursions of the year 2013, combined with the pebble and the tuff of Vigna Loreto, have allowed the local Sangiovese to express itself with personality and elegance. Always balanced between strength and refinement, this Brunello is defined by an intriguing succession of notes of fruit, sweet spices and tobacco, which find admirable synthesis in a large, rich and vigorous structure.

Le Pergole  Torte 2016: It’s one of the most prestigious Red Wine made from 100% Sangiovese in Tuscany.  It is aged for about 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels and for about 12 months in Allier barriques. It s a Red Wine with a long history . It reminds us of  blackberry,  cherry, chocolate,  and tobacco Smooth, complex, and elegant attack, with intense notes of black berries, ripe tannins, lovely acidity over a long finish.

 

“alla prossima” 

Enjoy It ! 

Stefania

Fattoria di Fibbiano

Pisa Hills Wines

On the 6th December 2018 I attended a Conference Press hold by the Pisa Chamber of Commerce  for the lunch of “Terre di Pisa”, the New Tourist Brand and Project for promoting Pisa’s Cultural Heritage and its Wine Making Tradition.

On that occasion I met Nicola Cantoni, who participated as  moderator and as President of Pisa Consortium Wine . This  was founded in 2018 to protect  the Appellation of  “Terre di Pisa Wines” and to develop an internationally-renowned model for producing High-Quality Wines in Pisa and its Province.  That event was open to the Members of  “Terre di Pisa” , and during our Wine Tasting Break , I had the pleasure to exchange two words with Nicola,who invited me to visit his estate at Fattoria di Fibbiano  in order to comprehend better his Love for his job and his complex and fascinating Tourist & Wine Affair Management in Tuscany. With the sunny season approaching fast, It was time to go to Fattoria di Fibbiano , but It was quite impossible to fix a date ,  as Nicola was always really busy  !  I was afraid of losing this great chance to be there, but few days ago  his brother  Matteo Cantoni welcomed me at their  Fattoria di Fibbiano with open arms. I came in this beautiful place as a guest, and  left as a friend! Matteo did everything possible to be available for My Interview and my  Exclusive Wine Tasting despite his daily commitments. Lucky me! As I arrived at Fattoria di Fibbiano , Matteo  greeted me with a friendly smile and a firm handshake. First Matteo told me all about his Family’s History and activity , then I visited the cellar and the vineyards , and finally I had my Great Wine Tasting. I had lots of fun with him for the whole duration of my tour in a sunny day of  March. Moreover, I learned lot of things about this stunning part of Tuscany where his estate is, that is called the Era Valley, close to Pisa and Volterra, which is not well-known to a general public for its Wine production. This territory is fast becoming an essential reference point for Tuscan Wine, indeed for Italian Wine. Matteo‘s Kindness , and  Passion for What he Does  deserve a honorable mention! Let’s discover together his treasure hidden among  Tuscan sunflowers.

Fattoria di Fibbiano’s History

In 1997 Giuseppe Cantoni, with his wife Tiziana and sons Matteo and Nicola, moved from  Lombardy to Tuscany. They were looking for  a successful  Wine Making business living a life far away from the noise of the city and close to nature. Therefore, they purchased a  Medieval Villa at that time, that belonged to the noble family Gherardi del Testa Barasaglia in the 12th century . They  renovated it all and turned it into what Fattoria di Fibbiano is today, a thriving Agricultural Entrepreneurship.

Their adventure from North Italy in Tuscany  was not only the result of a  desire to search for  their El Dorado, but  also  a sign of Destiny printed in one of their first  label “Fonte delle Donne” (“Women Fountain”) .  This exquisite White Wine is made from Colombana, an old grape that grew spontaneously around a miraculous water source near the estate. According to tradition, the Colombana grape was introduced by San Columbanus ‘ followers in the 17th century , when these famous Irish abbots decided to settle here living behind their Milan area. Upon their arrival in their estate, Cantoni Family realized they were not the only foreigners who fell  in love with Tuscany,  finding  the right place where to be ! Bringing to light  the old farmstead was not easy, but all that work  devoted to transform an old ruin into a jewelry was fully rewarded, as Cantoni Family carries on a prospering farming activity today, respecting land and the local traditions. Giuseppe, the father, deals with the General Management of the Middle Age Estate and takes care of the vineyards and countryside. Matteo, the eldest of the two sons, is in charge of Marketing the Wines and his brother, Nicola, is the Winemaker . 

Fattoria di Fibbiano, a Corner of Tuscan Paradise

Fattoria di Fibbiano is not only home to a prestigious Agritourism with a pool,  but also to an exclusive Modern Winery and an amazing Lounge Bar .  It is  located at n. 2 via Fibbiano , in the municipality of Terricciola.

Terricciola is a delicious hamlet surrounded by high walls and defense towers,  in the heart of Tuscan countryside, where History, Culture and Art, join the magnificent Beauty of the Nature in a unique way. Fattoria di Fibbiano is situated in a territory, that has its roots in the culture of the Etruscan civilization, and where Wine is produced  since more than 3000 years and it is  a part of the Local Identity and Culture.  Fibbiano’s philosophy is to continue on this thread of Culture and Tradition, cultivating indigenous grape varieties, suc as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, ColorinoS. Colombana, and Vermentino ,  instead of more international grapes. Fattoria di Fibbiano extends over an area of about 20 hectares of vineyards, 5 hectares of olive groves, 12 hectares of woodland and the rest is arable land. Some vineyards (around 2.5 hectares) are over 100 years old and 17.5 hectares are up to 20 years old. This  mixture of Old Vines and New Vines  keeps the vineyard alive, with red grapes planted on the top of the hill, and white grapes on the lower parts.  Due to Fibbiano‘s proximity to the Mediterranean and Ligurian seas, the soil originates from the sea and is rich in fossil shells from the Pliocene epoch, and medium-textured corals .  In terms of climate, this part of Tuscany has warm sea breezes during the day and cooler nights, which helps the grapes to retain acidity and develop flavor. This particular terroir provides to complex Wines with a certain minerality,  and aging capability.  I appreciated a lot of things, above all that Fattoria di Fibbiano is certified organic. Their Practices, Farming and Wine-Growing Methods are truly natural. They even use  their own wood for central heating. Further, this Sustainable Winery uses a solar plant to conserve energy and produce fresh water. They are always ready  to face new challenges, not least of which  exporting 80% of their Wine to the following countries: United States, Canada, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Lebanon, Mexico. 

 

Fibbiano’s Wines 

The best part of this incredible Life Experience was my Top Wine Tasting. I was led to a lovely Wine Bar with a large wooden table full with  Fibbiano  Best Wines and platters of Tuscan salami, pecorino and bread.  I sampled 6 different Wines, guided by Matteo who talked me through what I was enjoying, from the colour/appearance, the bouquet/smell and then the flavor. Each Wine was different, but wonderful in its own way.  I tried Red and White Wines, but the majority of the ones I  tried were Red. Most of them are  made from the Sangiovese grapes and some are mixed with other grapes to produce  new fantastic blends. 

White and Rosé:

Red Wines:

  • Le Pianette IGT Toscana : This is a 70% Sangiovese and 30% Colorino Wine;  It  is aged for 6 months in barrels of Slavonian oak and 3 months in bottle;
  • Casalini Chianti Superiore DOCG : This is an 80% Sangiovese and 20% Ciliegiolo Wine. It is aged for 8 months in barrels of Slavonian oak and 3 months in bottle. It has the typical notes of cherry . It is  a well-structured Wine with smooth tannins;
  • L’Aspetto IGT Toscana :  This is a 50% Sangiovese and 50% Canaiolo Wine. It is aged for 12 months in tonneaux, 6 months in cement tanks, and 6 months in bottle. This is an intense ruby Red Wwine with notes of mature red fruit and spices; 
  • Ceppatella IGT Toscana : This is a 100% Sangiovese Wine, which is made with grapes selected from the oldest vineyard of the estate – it’s a 120 years old vineyard . It is a wine aged for 6 months in tonneaux , 14 months in barrels of Slavonian oak, and 5 months in bottle. It has notes of marmalade, spices, tobacco, and cacao and a long persistence. 

Matteo entertained me happily and answered all my questions  by sharing  the secrets of their Quality Wines: “Sun, soil and patience”! 

Pisa Hills Wines 

Fattoria di Fibbiano offers up a bunch of very Tasty Wines for Wine Lovers and Experts to experience.

Fattoria di Fibbiano is situated predominantly in the Wine Trail of the Pisa Hills, an itinerary through the Tuscan countryside, which highlights many small towns that boast great traditions. It’s an area between Pisa and Volterra, and it  extends in the vicinity of the Arno, Egola and Elsa rivers. It embraces  stunning landscapes and places, such as  Casciana Terme, Capannoli, Chianni, Crespina, Lari, Palaia, Ponsacco, Terricciola, Cascina, Collesalvetti, Fauglia, Laiatico, Lorenzana, Montopoli Valdarno, Peccioli, Pontedera, Santa Luce, San Miniato and Collesalvetti .

The rolling Hills of Pisa  gives birth to Top Red & White Wines:

Like other talented Wine Producers within  this zone , Fattoria Fibbiano is an example  of Pisa’s Great Winemaking Potential, that is  only to be revealed in all its splendour.  I am feeling optimistic that this area is set to receive long overdue attention. Matteo was an Excellent Guide and Wine Educator. It was so natural for him to explain all that concerned his farm and how Wine is made from Grapes to Wine. His Passionate Wine Tasting remains for a long time among my memory . I am eager  to learn much more about the Super Wines of Pisa, that’s why another visit to Fattoria di Fibbiano will be a must!

I can just  imagine myself relaxing and sipping a Glass of Your fabulous Wines under a grape vine trellis with a  view of green cypresses marking the contours of the  gentle Tuscan hills! 

Grazie mille Matteo! 

 

 

Enjoy it! 

Stefania

Food & Progress 2018, Florence, Tuscany

Tuscan Food

Tuscan food is  a kind of cucina povera or “poor cooking.” A concept that started very literally, it’s about simple meals that are inexpensive and could easily be made in large amounts.

Today it remains largely the same – but by choice instead of economy. Tuscan cooking doesn’t use complicated seasonings or elaborate creations because they’re not needed. Instead it’s made using fresh, high-quality ingredients that bring out the natural flavors in each dish, simple or not. When you arrive in Tuscany you will be faced with one doubt . What are the foods I can’t miss, what will I regret not having eaten? If you came and visit   “Food & Wine in Progress 2018 ” , you will have an idea! “Food & Wine in Progress 2018 ” is about Culinary Specialities in Florence and  showcases Tuscan Excellence.  The program begins with Conferences, Master Classes, each focusing on a specific thematic about Wine & Food. Food & Wine in Progress 2018 ”  has a lot to offer to the guests, from locally sourced products to Wine Tastings with AIS (Italian  Sommelier  Association)

Riesling Master Class

My favourite Master Class is the one about Riesling . I’m learning a lot about Germany Wine  Production  in  Pfalz thanks to a special Wine Tasting organized by the “ Bassermann-Jordan Winery “.

“ Bassermann-JordanWinery “ is  an established leader and an example of the efficiency of Riesling Production in GermanyThe history of the “ Bassermann-JordanWinery “ is the history of a family dynasty that has helped to establish quality viticulture for almost 300 years. Generation after generation, important personalities emerge from it who know how to preserve and develop the importance of the estate and top Palatinate Wines with intelligence, expertise and intuition as well as economic and political influence – up to the top rank of the world. Their wine labels are landmarks and stand for Wines from the best locations and pioneering work in cultivation and vinification with a passion for quality. These Wines are fruity ,  elegant and fit any specific need. These are Characteristic Wines of Origin which are cultivated and matured ecologically according to anthroposophical teachings. For most of their  Wines Art Nouveau label is used. There are also  interesting Cooking Shows (including fresh pasta and vegan recipes)  at “Food & Wine in Progress 2018 ” and  hundreds of fans who come to join this magic Wine & Food Exibition.

Enjoy it !

Stefania

Mare DiVino Livorno 2018

Mare DiVino 2018 Livorno

Si svolge al Terminal Crociere Piazzale dei Marmi di Livorno la  X Manifestazione MareDivino 2018 , organizzata dalla Fisar di Livorno per degustare le eccellenze vinicole della Toscana: un percorso di grandi  vini che vanno da Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Montescudaio, Riparbella, Bibbona fino all’ Isola d’Elba e Capraia .

MareDivino 2018 è un anteprima delle eccellenze enoiche della Toscana, un’occasione unica di conoscenza e  promozione del territorio che si svolge sempre ogni anno  e con grande successo dal 17 al 18 Novembre . Nelle due giornate di MareDivino 2018 , sono presenti Wine Lovers ed Esperti del Mondo dell’Enogastronomia da ogni angolo d’Italia: molti produttori di olio, cibo, salumi, miele, formaggi, farine, e tanto altro, sono insieme per far conoscere le eccellenze regionali e non, esaltate dalla passione e dal lavoro delle persone che le interpretano e realizzano. Ho l’occasione di conoscere etichette  di nuove aziende , e di parlare con gli stessi produttori che raccontano le loro storie con passione dedicandomi un pò del loro tempo. 

Cantine Toscane presenti alla Manifestazione

Elenco qui di seguito  le  Cantine Toscane che mi hanno colpito in modo particolare:

Rosso Buono per Tutti

Oltre  60 aziende e 300 vini in assaggio a MareDivino 2018   , e la curiosità degli appassionati  è risvegliata da un interessante Concorso : “Rosso Buono Per Tutti”, una selezione “a giuria popolare” con assaggio alla cieca dei vini rossi più graditi alla fiera. 

Trovo MareDivino 2018 una grande iniziativa, perché coinvolge un grande pubblico, e anche io mi sento partecipe in prima linea di questo imperdibile  evento organizzato in ogni minimo dettaglio, che mi regala delle belle emozioni e soprattutto nuove conoscenze in fatto di vino da  riproporre a cena con le persone a me care in questo periodo di feste! Questa indimenticabile manifestazione mi fa riscoprire anche Livorno, che invito vivamente a visitare., per il suo fascino, la sua storia e l’ospitaltà della gente. La splendida giornata volge al termine . E concludo in bellezza con una  cena insieme a  degli amici livornesi in un locale storico in centro nella città labronica, la   “Vecchia Ciurma” , per assaporare le delizie di mare da me preferite,  crudità di mare e il famoso  “cacciucco”. 

Scusate è ora di andare

Enjoy it! 

Stefania

Roberto Cipresso: a DiVine Novel

… perché se vuoi emozionare, devi provare per primo le emozioni che desideri suscitare…/…if you want to thrill someone,  try first to feel  the same emotions you desire to awake…” . 
R. Cipresso.

Wine Tasting at “Nautilus” Restaurant, Tirrenia, Pisa. 

Scanning across the bookshelves in my flat, it dawns on me that my collection falls into three categories: Wine, Food & Travel! Three passions that blend in perfect harmony to a special book, that is “Wine, the secret Novel” written by Roberto Cipresso.

This Outstanding Work is available for purchase in occasion of its presentation prepared by the same author Roberto Cipresso. It takes place at “Nautilius”, an elegant restaurant in Tirrenia, Pisa. On 28th November 2018  Andrea Baldeschi, an experienced Sommelier and the owner of the fascinating place by the seaside, invites me for this memorable event. It is especially a Guided Tasting of Wines from Roberto Cipresso’s most significant Labels , paired with delicious  dishes:

Guests  enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and the refined cooking, and they are under lovely Roberto‘s spell. Before I sit down together with the other people to taste the lavish food, “Nautilius” ‘s  Wine Cellar grabs my attention. After a while , Andrea leads me in a journey through his best Wines, such as “Masseto”, “Le Difese”, “Sassicaia”, “Keber”, “Dom Perignon 2009”, and more over. Andrea is very proud of his fine Wines Collection. He talks with me about his jewellery, his restaurant “Nautilius”. Andrea manages it with great enthusiasm and success since last April, after his former experience in the catering service. Our conversation about his great Wine Cellar goes on , and at a certain point, he tells me about an incredible story about his precious treasure: the White Wine “Chateau Montelena”-he owns the Top “Chateau Montelena” vintages! Let’s go to France! 

 

Chateau Montelena and the Judgment of Paris

“Chateau Montelena”’s history is unbelievable. It is in the Napa Valley and California.

Founded just North of Calistoga by a senator and San Francisco entrepreneur in 1882 at the turn of the century, it was one of the largest wineries in the state. Prohibition put an end to “Montelena”’s winemaking, and the next major era began in 1968, when Jim Barrett purchased the estate. Jim fell in love with this exceptional property. He had a dream of  winemaking at the highest quality level. In 1976 “Chateau Montelena” put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year there was an exclusive tasting at the “Inter-Continental” Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California  Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was “Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay”, rated above all other wines. This seminal event has been memorialized in the book ”The Judgment of Paris,”” by George Taber, as well as in the 2008 feature film “Bottle Shock”. Today “Chateau Montelena”’s distinct 19th century stone structure stands as a quality icon in Napa Valley , consistently producing some of the finest wines in California. Master Winemaker Bo Barrett, Jim’s son, now runs the estate with the help of Winemaker Matt Crafton .

Wine, the Secret Novel  by Roberto Cipresso

At the end of the “Chateau Montelena” ’s tale, Andrea brings me in the main lounge of his ”Nautilius”  to start the gala dinner in honour of  his friend Roberto CipressoI really enjoy Roberto ‘s  sentimental speech about his book “Wine, the secret Novel” . We  all Wine Lovers and Experts are delight to listen to Roberto, while speaking about his passion, Wine ! 

Roberto Cipresso is an Oenologist, a Winemaker, a Writer, but above all he is a Visionary Leader . His way of  life makes him stand out from the rest of the crowd in the Wine Field. I can feel Roberto‘s personality power, while presenting his book.  He can imagine things that others cannot imagine. He sees the whole process of a big picture, and not a single step. He is present and focused, you can connect with him when you  talk about what he has  in mind, when he  teaches you something about Wine, his Travels, his previous job experiences, his Life!  Roberto Cipresso, a native  of  Bassano del Grappa (Veneto), completes his agricultural studies and starts his  Winemaking career  at the outstanding estate of “Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona” in 1987 .  Some years later he and two partners founds “Fattoria La Fiorita”, located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, near Montalcino. He collaborates with well-known  Wine Producers in Italy (“Case Basse”, “Poggio Antico”and abroad (Achaval-Ferrer Winery, Argentina). Roberto ‘s chances to put his professional skills and  ideas about Wine into action are three of his major projects:

    • “Wine Relais Poggio al Sole”: a secret lair for his visitors and his relax in  Montalcino, where Roberto  tries to give birth to his unique “Brunello di Montalcino”, that grows only in this  magical territory with just 5000 inhabitants ; it is on a hilltop at 567 meters above sea level, between Siena and Florence; 
    • “Winemaking”: a Wine Consultancy for  wine-industry professionals ( in collaboration with his brother Gianfranco, his friend Santiago Achaval , and the Universities of Padova, Venezia, Palermo,Torino, Pisa and Udine);
    • “Wine Circus”: a laboratory aimed at ones who don’t inherit a winery and want to manage a wine label! 

Roberto Cipresso Wine Awards

Recalling the most important Roberto‘s enterprising ventures and lifetime achievements awards in terms of Wine & Food  culture, means understanding his complex and sensitive soul: 

The list would already be too long! Roberto is a creative and multitalented man. Along with the benefits of his many abilities and passions, there is his love for writing, occuring in his books about Wine and its Mystery published between  2006 and 2009:

Roberto is also a frequent speaker at different national and international conferences on technical-scientific nature  at Wine Schools and important Universities world-wide.

The 43th Parallel

Roberto still continues his  incredbile adventure  in his challanging Wine Experiment  entitled “Cipresso 43th”, moving ahead with his ambitious and global vision of the concept of Terroir

“Cipresso 43th” is an attempt to create an Oenological Itinerary using only grapes grown at 43th degrees North Latitude.  According to Roberto’s recent researchesthe 43th Parallel is a magical line with  singular physical/spiritual features for Wine Production. It is  situated halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, running through central and florid places that have shaped the main phases in the evolution of Vine Culture from Mesopotamia  to the USA. A circular line that engulf the Earth among important autochthonous vines:

Roberto demonstrates his  theory about the inimitable  Terroir of Wines produced along the 43th Parallel in his three red Wines  I’m  sipping this evening: 

In collaboration with the University of Florence, Roberto Cipresso is studying what makes the 43th Parallel so special for Wine Production together with its general aspects (geography, geology, orography, climates, soils, altitudes,etc). Moreover, Roberto remarks that there is Something Magic and Mystical  behind the 43th Parallel, because it is the same axis where holy places are also  located, from Medjugorje, Assisi, Santiago De Compostela to Lourdes . And, of course, that is something very special for Roberto, who think of   himself as an atheist! 

Roberto‘s life is a strivinfor Exellence and Harmony  not only  for Wine, but above all for  Life.  

He is open minded . He doesn’t  limit himself to his own thoughts and ideas. When you talk to him, he listens to what you talk about attentively. He  encourages you to be as creative as possible and never afraid of presenting your point of view! Roberto  gives me a big picture of  his vision about Wine and living in this world. His job  is  an essential part of his existence. It’s not only about running a laboratory or doing analysis, it’s  mainly to be part of making Something Amazing. It’s to combine Science, Creativity and Love, that keeps things interesting, and a  great industry to be in as well. You are surrounded by great Food, Wine, and awesome People. It’s hard work, but very rewarding, like this unforgettable Tasting Dinner skillfully prepared  by Andrea Baldeschi at “Nautilius” restaurant Tirrenia, Pisa. .

Roberto experiments with unconventional colors to find inspiration for his Next Masterpiece, that is still to come! I’m looking forward to it!

Enjoy it! 

Stefania