Italian Inspiration

We don’t go to Rome for the past (the only thing you’re going to hear from us regarding ancient Roman ruins is that they are excellent at providing shade for drinking wine). We go to Rome to get charged for the future. To get psyched to make more wine.

The only ancient tradition we adhere to is that of celebration. And we do this by imbibing the modern energy of a city that’s uniquely “Roman.” Yes, this seems absurdly obvious, but traveling to Italy as often as we do, we have come to realize that Rome is a place unlike any other.

Modern-day Romans do not live in the past. They understand as well as anyone that the past informs the present. And without all the bacchanalia and conquests, they retain the regal, proud air of their ancestors, along with many of the distinct physical characteristics.

Yes, while we do enjoy our late Roman evenings around a bottle or two, we make wine in Puglia, the picturesque heel of Italy’s geographic boot. We spend our days grounded in the art of Italian winemaking, but there’s no place like Rome for partaking in the spirit of reinvention and rejuvenation. Where else can you literally watch new civilization being built atop old? Walk streets that emperors strode?

It’s simply impossible not to be inspired to attempt great things while sitting at one of the cafes bordering the 2000-year old Pantheon, which to this day is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Or by traversing the fabled Spanish Steps. Or while taking in some of the world’s most fantastic art. Or by enjoying a simple plate of fresh, handmade seafood pasta.

One of our favorite non-winemaking activities is to stroll through the narrow back streets to discover tiny plazas where tourists rarely venture. We’ve stumbled into some of our favorite eating establishments this way. We eat pizza at 2:30 am. We drink wine with our feet in the Trevi Fountain at 3:00 am. We try to get the garishly garbed Swiss Guard at the Vatican to smile and let us see into the secret Papal library vaults.

So, as we travel the world making wine to share with you, we celebrate. We remind ourselves that work without play is boring (and makes for even more boring wine). We also hope to inspire you to to get up, get out and see the world. And, if you can’t get out and see it, at least taste it (like with a bottle of Layer Cake Primitivo). We promise to keep brining the world (as we see it) to you and your glass.

Other stories and recipes from our journeys can be found in the One True Vine Journal 001. You can purchase a copy here: