Food Notes & Tousim 04/10/2010

Silvia Maestrelli: the touch of women on the wine

The hearth between Tuscany and Sicily. In the memory Luigi Veronelli and in the future new projects for mom Giovanna, me and my sister, Simona, the small: Margherita and Lavinia

Silvia Maestrelli says about herself: "Making wine means to me to continue a family vocation. Since my father Maestrelli Moreno, a businessman, bought in the sixties, what was for years only the "home of pleasure" of Cerreto Guidi, Villa Petriolo that activity is remembered today by the passion with which we, the women of family - mom Joan, me and my sister, Simona, small and Margaret Lavinia - we tell our wine and our world. Offspring of women who, while respecting the unity of the other, we lead - and the smaller ones, if they want, they can do so in the future - the company with a style all our own."

- Why do you decide to make business in farming?
To meet my true nature, my romantic nature. After the financial experience, which sank in my background, my history with wine can be defined as a genuine path to recovery, almost a rebirth, a way to feel more comfortable in life, to stay in contact with the deeper than myself, retie important wires - with my family, my land, my roots.

- Do you feel more a peasant, a farmer or a business men?
Farmer. There are many skills and areas that need to know and attend to work in agriculture today.

- A definition of farming.
Agriculture, the marriage between heaven and earth, between the clods and clouds. And 'what nourishes us, that feeds both body and spirit. A tribute to life.

- An adjective for defining the world of farming.
Enveloping. The country living involves every aspect of life, if lived deeply.

- A keyword for the future of farming.
Honesty, fairness.

- A model men.
Gino Veronelli, whose lecture on the necessity 'of a conscious return to the land remains unsurpassed.

- Someone to… go to the hell.
All those who insult the nature and abuse animals.

- A book concerning the rural world you’d suggest to read.
21 vignaioli che hanno fatto più bella la mia vita, di U. Stefani.

- Your favorite book.
"Vino al Vino" by Mario Soldati.

- Your favorite song or composition.
"Les vendages de l'amour" sung by Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress.

- Your unforgettable movie.
"Jules and Jim" by François Truffaut, taken from one of the most beautiful modern novels I ever read, written by Henri-Pierre Roché. Memorable in the film looked sad and sullen face of Jeanne Moreau.

What would you like to find after passing away?
A big feast.

di T N