Wine and horses
Wine and horses, a magical combination: Incisa della Rocchetta, Sassicaia and the horse called Ribot, Gianfranco Fino, Es and Bruno the horse that works in his vineyards
Wine and horses together create a certain charm. The most famous are Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta who, other than Sassicaia are also owners of Ribot “The best horse of the century” as the International press labelled him after his victory at Ascot in front of 100.000 spectators , all left speechless because of his powerfulness . Still today visitors of the famous Tenuta San Guido in Bolgheri see the thoroughbreds race on the turf racing track in the midst of the vineyards. As it is possible to see Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta avidly reading his horseracing magazines.
But this is not the only case of a thoroughbreds with many victories owned by wine producers, or of horses with wine names: Sangiovese, Merlot, Negramaro, Gutturnio without forgetting champions such as Bricco Uccellone. The tenuta Braida belonging to the late Giacomo Bologna has a long story of wine and horses. Luciana Rota, in a delightful article in “Il Sommelier” had fun looking for virtuous assonances.
Tignanello and Ornellaia are also names of horses that in the Eighties were victorious racers.
Among the families of wine producers that also rear racehorses there is also the Rocca Family who have this passion since 1880. They are Shiraz Roc and the three year old United Roc that is reaping successes. Other families who rear horses and make wines are the Pacelli’s with Laura and Carla in the Cosenza hills.
Then the Drei Donà who close to Forlì grow Sangiovese and rear horses. Pruno is Enrico Drei Donà’s favourite, he likes the specialty called “eventing” in Italian “Completo” and his used the same name as his horse his Sangiovese riserva, with this he has obtained the invitation to Opera Wine from Wine Spectator. His sister Ida Vittoria, three times Italian champion in dressage has called her favourite horse Tornese and the same for her Chardonnay.
Keeping to this theme there is also wine tourism on horse that has given origin to many itineraries with resting stops in wineries with horse stables and agriturismo. This type of proposal is only just beginning but, at least in Tuscany
, it could make the mosto f the tradition of the butteri from Maremma. A n experience of tourism by horse in the wine regions has been recently organized by Valentina Parodi.
And finally there are the horses that work in the vineyards, those photographed by wine lovers in the Romanée Conti vineyards, those that work on the difficult banks of the Rhone belonging to Michel Chapoutier and the Murgese horse Bruno belonging to Gianfranco Fino. These too are legendary horses!