If you have reached this page you are probably curious to know, in addition to the business side,
more about who we are and who you will meet coming to visit us. So here I am:
I started this business because of the sense of freedom that working the land gives you,
away from clockwatching and the many rules that govern our society. At 20 I thought:
if every day of my life I have to spend an hour looking for somewhere to park, or travelling
on a bus or train, at 60 I’ll have spent around 3/4 years doing so, and knowing me, I’d have
had many existential doubts and a profound sense of uselessness, which would be lethal for me.
As you’ve probably realised by now, I love to evaluate strategies and alternative ideas, the type
of enterprise that creates a company as well as an income. The land, in all its simplicity and wealth,
gives me a sense of what I need in life. I love wine and wine-growing: what fascinates
me is the technical and artistic creativity needed to do so, the research that can be developed,
and the solutions you have to strive for constantly. A good wine is a work of art that begins every year,
from the moment you decide to prune your vineyard, to the moment you decide how to age it.
The choice of vines and the point of ripeness of the grapes, and the selection of the best bunches
is like choosing colours for a painting. Therefore for me, for us (here I can say it),
good grape growers and winemakers are artists in their own right.
I like to prune the olive trees too because I love the sense of tranquillity they convey.
I like to make bread and produce wheat.
I work in the tourist trade because I like having happy people around me, and in turn
I like to make them happy; I love to be amongst people as it gives me the chance to joke
and enjoy good company. I’m very lucky to have what our parents gave us and taught us, and to have a brother
like Sergio and a wife like Cristina with whom to embark on this adventure. Let me introduce them.
Sergio. A man about whom I could make a film, part comedy part adventure.
In some ways he’s the opposite of me: I proceed from what I know, what I already own, whereas he starts
from what he wants to achieve, and he always wants to reach great heights. Daring and ambitious,
with his head held high, comical, and wise, a “man who keeps his word”, if he says something
he always keeps to it (the only doubt is whether or not he will remember what he has said).
He’s the Don Quixote of agriculture. He’s so ingrained in the land that, if he put his mind to it,
he would be capable of digging up a whole field with a teaspoon, no trouble.
Cristina. Her love and pure enthusiasm for life come out in her every expression for: flowers,
animals, plants, children, insects, butterflies….and naturally also for me. Idealist and lover of things done well,
in a certain sense she’s very similar to my brother. An excellent cook and photographer; with her by your side you never feel lonely.
I almost forgot, I compose music, I like playing Risiko, and I like to fly, sail and go scuba diving.