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VIP in the vineyards in Montalcino and Tuscany

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From the singers Gianna Nannini and Sting, to fashion stylists such as Ferragamo, bankers, and porn stars … a bit of everything among the VIP’s in the wine world

Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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In a way the Tuscan Vineyard resembles a stage for successful women and men who have everything and who are maybe on the lookout for new emotions such as having their name on the label of a small wine treasure. Famous people with exceptional abilities who have availabilities of great capitals and great contacts. People who can increase the prestige and the myth of Tuscan wines as if the vineyard were the red carpet at the Oscars.
Tuscany has plenty but Montalcino is really full of super VIPS.
Starting from Brunello and the most recent arrivals: the newest is Soleya International Corporation from Panama although there is no face behind this society at the moment.
Andrè Santos Esteves, 45 years old, banker from Brazil, 329th richest man in the world and 14th in Brazil according to the Forbes list. He adores great wines and has seen in the splendid Argiano estate in Montalcino a type of Italian chateaux.
Alejandro Bulgheroni richest man in Argentina according to Forbes, his business is in gas and petrol but he spends lots of time in Italy where his wife lives. Maybe for this reason he has bought Dievole in Chianti Classico, Poggio Landi (just in front of my Casato Prime Donne) and Podere Brizio in Montalcino adding it to his vineyards in Mendoza in Argentina, Garzòn in Uruguay, California … Read more…

Wines by celebrities: there are many and often exaggerated

The film director Francis Ford Coppola, the actors Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas, the football player David Beckham, the singer Madonna, here are but a few of the famous names on bottles.

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Savanna Samson naked on grapes

Savanna Samson naked on grapes

Most wineries belonging to celebrities are in California but some are actually a short distance from Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino, like the ones belonging to the porno-star Savanna Samson or to the luxury shoe king Massimo Ferragamo with his spectacular Castiglion del Bosco. Still in Tuscany one finds vineyards belonging to Sting, to Lorraine Bracco the actress and to the super chef Mario Batali.

But what is it that compels a person who has everything, absolutely everything that life has to offer, to produce wine? It is probably the desire to have bottles with their name on them, with unrepeatable nectar inside. Or maybe it’s the Bacchus world which attracts them and the apparent simplicity in creating great wines. Apparently because the embrace between nature and oenological geniality is something rare, really difficult and often very expensive. Read more…


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