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A new "form" of vineyard.

Vigna in Forma

The agricultural work perhaps more than others, is an integral part of the daily education. If your little sister knows all the popular weather-related sayings in memory, it's as if your parents teach you to reason with the oldest of the harvesters; Grow understanding that the "bubbly" Tuscany is perhaps not just a dish, but a way of acting, blunt, spontaneous and always ready to apply a few essential principles. So, in the eventuality of creating something without a defined recipe, you can remove instead of adding, in order to help you from the same ingredients used, valuing each of them in relation to others.

n the early months of 2016, the friend and colleague Michele Baio, invited me to Brianza to confront the realization of a new vineyard. An uncultivated land with deep clay but grown and terraced since the time of the Cistercians, between Lecco, Monza and Valtellina. Land of the ideal "wine of Milan" in the words of Mario Soldati.

Being the creation of a sustainable farm with private residence, I drew from the first meeting a path aimed at experiencing the importance of a different setting of crops within the landscape, in order to reduce every type of impact related to production and increase the quality of the fruits. Not having a defined historical line and being in a place with an atypical climate, I thought, thanks to the words of Steiner, to cooperate with the 4 basic elements.

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Resting on the element of a land freshly cleaned from the brambles in many of its parts, I thought to tie the other 3 elements to 3 different varieties of vines, to be planted not in rows but in some of the expressive forms of air, heat and water.

The Carménère, which in those areas is called Cabernet "Nostrano" and is the subject of new studies also in other companies, has gained the shape of a sun, to recall the necessary heat to an early variety, in an environment at risk freezing.

The Petit Verdot, having only to exalt the final cut without being predominant, was planted in the shape of a kite to search with the air the desired taste finesse.

The Syrah, on the other hand, implied that the water element did not have a circular shape like a drop or mildew but, on the contrary, hexagonal as the molecules of water "in-shaped".

The shape, at this point, could not suffice without the color to orchestrate every aspect of its elements. Only white pepper braces for Syrah, together with lilac, yellow and orange to have a warm air to exclude the vegetable excesses of Petit Verdot, the same, of yellow and orange guardians of the Rays of the sun, refreshed, however, towards the center, the color celestial and then white pepper.

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The earth has not been up or worked in depth to be sown, on the line of drawings and in all fields, recalling to the work of soil structuring the roots and the microorganisms. The high density of planting and the form of a candlestick and sapling, have been decisive in the perspective of "walking" the vineyards without paying attention to the wires of cortina and vigor. The manual auger is definitely more uncomfortable than the hydraulic one but in any case, it makes the job more accurate by reducing costs. Nothing new until you try it in person, actually experiencing the sense of certain choices. In All this, there is an indispensable factor: the presence of man, called to play its primary role of connection between earth and universe.

Having to engineer to do different things but with the same tools, it helps you to internal the usefulness of understanding understood in the broadest possible sense and lived as a source of physical and mental energy. Eager to embark on another adventure, I observe and feel the balanced beauty between the experiences and the time it creates in its passing.

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