Interview With Salvatore Ferragamo – IL BORRO
These questions ask a bit about different matters. However to start though, what inspired you to start out Il Borro Winery ?
My father and i agreed on our main goal right from the beginning, that of bringing a historic corner of Tuscany – abandoned and in ruins – again to life. This pointed us in direction of two numerous activities which are intrinsically linked: wine manufacturing and tourism. From the very beginning my father and i knew that we should always produce wine at il Borro because of the fertility and variety of the soil. Tens of millions of years ago, there was a huge lake protecting this entire space, and the subsequent draining of this body of water created a unique terrain (with mineral-rich plains, steep gorges and gently sloping valleys) which supplies us the fertile soil we have now as we speak.
Did you at all times know wine very effectively? Is that this the primary Ferragamo owned winery?
Being Italian I imagine you grew up drinking great wine! I’m Tuscan and like all Tuscans, I’ve wine in my soul. It’s our first winery as a family, and my uncle Massimo has one other lovely winery in Montalcino, additionally in Tuscany in the province of Siena. You would say that wine is in our blood
The images of your resort look absolutely improbable! How would you describe the experience of Il Borro as a vacation spot?
The Borro welcomes its visitors right into a world of peace and serenity, kept alive and enriched from its illustrious historical past, which will be skilled in every nook of the medieval village.
What would be the proper day at the Il Borro Estate?
One wakes up within the Tuscan morning, sunshine streaming through the windows of an elegant, traditional condominium in the medieval village, circa 1040. After a lovely stroll by the village and its beautiful artisanal shops and a charming breakfast, a horseback ride through the vineyards awaits, replete with a wine, cheese and Tuscan meat picnic. Afternoons will be spent lounging by the pool and soaking in the encompassing countryside. For an extra bit of pampering, the spa beckons, able to calm down the soul and soothe the senses.
A winery tour and tasting just earlier than dinner acts as a cultural aperitif: an introduction to Il Borro wines and a visit through the winemaking facility, with a gorgeous underground tunnel lined with French oak barrels where we age our wines, and on to a cellar relationship from the 1700s.
To complete it off, we recommend a candlelit dinner within the Osteria del Borro restaurant, permitting our outstanding chefs to reinterpret Tuscan classics with modern flare.
Clearly everyone knows that the identify Ferragamo is synonymous with excellent quality and spectacular craftsmanship. Have you considered all these very excessive Ferragamo requirements and translated them into Il Borro? Would you say it has the Ferragamo “seal of approval on it?
The key of every vital firm is to observe its personal “style and being up to date, with out forgetting the uniqueness of its personality. The “sealof approval is evident on daily basis and in each effort I make to make sure that our guests are completely happy. Il Borro is my father’s personal property, which now we have commercialized into a resort, winery and spa. It is not part of the Ferragamo fashion company.
Back to wine . . . What varietals do you develop on the property?
We cultivate Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay.
How much do your bottles retail for? Where within the US can people purchase Il Borro wine? For someone who has never tried your wine, which bottle would you suggest?
We promote our wines within the US by means of a distributor, who locations our bottles in prominent wine bars, eating places and outlets. There are 4 wines that we make here at Il Borro, two of that are single varietals, specifically Lamelle (Chardonnay) and Polissena (Sangiovese) in addition to two blends, Pian di Nova (Syrah and Sangiovese) and Il Borro (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot). For someone who’s new to our wines, I would advocate Il Borro, which is a Bordeaux-fashion wine that reflects each our fertile and rich Tuscan soil in addition to French winemaking tradition. We’ve adopted an area public school, working with the teachers, children, and their households and have fostered the creation of a sister group working with faculties and children in the Albuquerque, New Mexico space.
On one other note, La Isla made a bikini on your spouse. What did you think of the product?
The La Isla Bikini was spectacular. My grand father started making his shoes all by hand with unimaginable craftsmanships using all types of exotic materials. In seeing the unimaginable craftsmanship of this bikini it reminded me of his works. And never solely the craftsmanship but additionally the lower and Look seems to be nice on my wife!!!
How does Salvatore spend his weekends usually?
Depends upon the time of yr! From November to January, I hunt pheasants, and from January to April, I go skiing, golfing, or biking. From April to October, I play Polo with a quick summer time break in August.
Which global issue concerns you the most presently, and how have you ever taken action on it?
Preserving the history and culture of the outdated tradtions and saving them for future generations.