Tradition and Taste in Imola
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Tradition and Taste in Imola
ZUFFA: This is my last name, the name of my family, which is made of people like you and me, that generation after generation dedicated their efforts to pursue a goal based on our principles.
SOUL: It is eternal and endless, the soul cannot be curbed through matter nor words, it cannot end, nor die; it gives us the necessary strength not to stop towards failures, it makes it possible not to give up even if logics tell us differently, it is our energy that gives us the chance to see beyond the surface.
WINE: After water, it is the most ancient beverage. It comes from the vines that are guessed appeared on Earth tens of millions of years ago (after the ice age), many years before mankind made its appearance (only thousands of years ago) – a theory that has been hypothesized thanks to the fossil records of grape seeds that have been discovered.
This beverage originated from India (the word “Wine” derives from the Sanskrit word VENA, which means “to love”), it has been brought to Armenia (the land that was once Mesopotamia – evidence of this passage is given by the Hymn Books dedicated to Enki, the God of Wisdom, in the city Eridu), to Egypt, where wine was used during the sacred rituals (the pharaoh poured the chalice of wine into the Nile river in order to gain the favours of the gods), to Greece (in this area Enology was born, “Oinos”= wine, “Logos” = study, starting from the religion of that time – Dionysus was the God of the wine), to Etruria, to the Roman Empire (the greek Dionysus became the roman god “Bacchus”, from which the term “Bacchanalias” derives, which were festivals without any inhibitions, by means of drunkenness), to Gaul and to our modern days…
Therefore, wine does not stem from intellectual activity, it is rather something where humanity gave its own contribution to…
Just like Michelangelo in 1500 (after the Investiture) who went to Massa Carrara on his own – even if he had tens of great artists in tow – to choose marble blocks, risking to be crushed by a landslide, we choose our grapes ourselves and manually, bunch after bunch, even though this process has higher costs than doing it mechanically.
Just like Michelangelo who saw in his marble blocks masterpieces like “il David” and “la Pietà”, after he evaluated their consistency, hardness, porosity – the same way, we see in the grapes we harvest our wine, our product and our creation.
Mother Nature creates marble and grapes: in order to transform them into the intended final product, it is necessary to know their characteristics; Michelangelo had, for his times, the best available tools in his workshops to create his masterpieces – we use the best available technologies, of which many are patented, in order to process the grapes in a natural way, without using chemicals, utilizing natural organic products only and the most innovative technologies in order to protect the quality that is within the nature of the grapes.
On top of this, knowledge about the process and the raw materials is necessary (we like to point out again the comparison between the marble and the grapes), and about the tools and technologies that are needed to “sculpture” the raw materials.
A sculpture and a bottle of wine can be compared to a table that is sustained by three legs – each leg is essential and each of them is represented by:
ITALIAN: We are citizens of the world and it is wonderful to exchange experiences and opinions with other cultures – we try to offer back what we get from other people, staring from the western part of the world, Europe – the Mediterranean – Italy: from the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raffaello, the birthplace of great inventors and creators, a place that inspired fantasy, the birthplace of Fashion and Sports Cars, where Beauty and Taste excel, the country with the highest artistic and wine and food heritage in the world, and much more.
Our wines include the memory and the testimony of all this: history, culture, tradition and territory.