Oh my goodness, I am 60 years old!
It seems impossible, but it’s true, today is once again my birthday and I’ll tell you something you do not know
Challenges attract me in an irresistible way, especially the difficult ones. When I decided to change the jury of the Casato Prime Donne award, I left behind personalities such as Sergio Zavoli and Mario Luzi, it seemed as if I had gone mad. Zavoli who I adore and to whom I must be thankful for his comfort during some difficult times, has taken offence and never thanks me for the wine I send him every year. I’m sorry but I must say that it was a good move, which has given substance to my estate philosophy in favour of women.
I hate the cold and I’m always dressed with several layers. I’m allergic to many things: I don’t touch cats, if someone wears cashmere and sits next to me, I swell up all over, and I avoid flour, cheese and goldfish. Sometime my life is amaze among small problems: in the evenings I am tired straight away, but my husband is a nocturnal person and gets up late in the morning.
I am dyslexic; I was one of those children that were considered a bit slow at school and who’s progress was scarce, while it was extremely difficult for me to keep up with the others. At the beginning though, because then… Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein …. even John Kennedy were all dyslexic.
Plus I had another problem; I lived in a home filled with intellectuals: Piero
Jahier the poet and Piero Bernardini the painter. But also Calamandrei, Papini, Berenson were constantly there. I did my very best to react. I thought that to read a lot would have helped me to read quicker so I began with Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini by Bassani. What a nightmare not only a difficult read but also a difficult subject. Then I read literally tons of American books, less Italian writers, but I think I am the only person of my generation to have read the omnia publication by Grazia Deledda, that really was a nightmare! I lived in Lille for a while and there were only books by Silone Deledda so having finished the first I only had the latter left to read.
I have though had a lot of imagination. As a teenager I invented, events, excursions with my friends, furnishings. The I took my courage in both hands and I created larger things such as Cantine aperte, Calici di stelle, the Trekking urbano and now the project with 13 municipalities of the Orcia wine – the most beautiful wine in the world – the most courageous project that I have ever created. And, as usual I start off penniless. The previous times it has been a success, let’s hope it happens again. Another thing that I have always had is luck, a lot of it, especially in those situations that initially seemed impossible .The Trequanda town hall prohibits me from building an external staircase up to the Fattoria del Colle Vinsanto loft, I decide to build it inside, I demolish the ceiling and I find three secret rooms. My parents give me Casato Prime
Donne in a cooler part of Montalcino where the grapes came well but not excellent and the frosts destroyed two harvests out of three … well the weather changes and with the global warming I now have extraordinary vineyards and Brunello that 15 years ago I could not even dream of having. Nearly everything in my life happens like this, all of a sudden by chance.
That’s it, otherwise I’ll bore you, the rest next issue