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Elisabetta from the Heart
Elisabetta Fagiuoli. Historians and critics agree that she was and IS a ground breaker, a visionary and one of the best winemakers in the world. You can hear stories of her life and work on YouTube but what you can't hear is her heart speaking. And that is what we heard when Elisabetta joined us LIVE on Zoom from her B.C. built home in San Gimignano, Italy.
We heard her but Elisabetta is hearing too, hearing the earth, hearing nature. "Everyday, nature gives you a different message and you must be able hear it." Humility, attention and love are her guides in making wine and, of these, "humility is the key to making something good."
"We are a big family on a small planet." Elisabetta believes that "the goal is friendship and mutual understanding." And nature can teach us if you watch and listen. "If we follow the miracles of animals and nature, we will become very rich." Elisabetta shared that she has learned from watching the life cycle of the swallows in the trees near her home. In a somewhat solemn moment, Elisabetta said, "I love the birds."
But what can make us friends? Not just observers but participants? Wine, says Elisabetta, is certainly part of the process.
"Wine for me is like making soup." Elisabetta blends and blurs the lines of wine and everything in life. "Wine is a good companion. It gives you strength." And when you hear the wine speaking to you, "each wine is like humanity, it has a personality of its own."
Bottom line: Elisabetta says "I don't like people who don't like wine." È vero!