This is never more evident to me than when meeting wine makers, or food producers, each is so passionate about what they do, it's hard not to be caught up in the joy and intensity of their labors. No matter if they are descended from royalty, or farming the land, their passion, excitement and love for their labor is contagious. This was certainly true as we drove out to Tenuta San Leonardo, to take a tour and do some wine tasting. Our family had arranged the visit, so we started up the Alfa and headed to the valley between the Adige river and Mount Lessini.
We were greeted by Valentina and Il Marchese Carlo, and were advised to park the Alfa under the grape arbors.
|The Alfa garners a lot of love and attention|
|This little guy became my buddy on the tour|
|Dr. C. and Il Marchese|
|Taking a sample|
The Villa Gresti was built in the late 1800's, the grounds, and the surrounding vineyards are spectacular.
The history of San Leonardo is almost as interesting as the wines that are produced here. Over 1,000 years ago, monks lived on the land, producing grapes and wine establishing a hospital. The church of San Leonardo was built and several years ago a discovery was made of frescos that they feel date to the 1200's.
|Favorite car of all time!|
|Antique farm tools|
|Remains of the day|
This is a family affair with sons and daughters helping to continue the success of the estate. The San Leonardo is made in the Bordeaux style, and is often called the Sassicaia of the North.
When I speak with successful owners, like Il Marchese, they often tell me that they don't release a vintage if they feel it isn't up to their standards. Wine making requires a huge investment of time, money and resources, and to take an economic hit if the vintage doesn't measure up is staggering, but necessary to maintain standards. Clearly, these wine makers only want to produce wine that is worthy of their name, and their reputation.
San Leonardo is in good hands, with Il Marchese and his family tending to the land and the vineyards ensuring its legacy in the Valley. We were so honored to have spent this afternoon in the company of such a passionate wine maker. Grazie Mille Tenuta San Leonardo.