Today I made a rather useful discovery
The local cooperative winery, Beato Bartolomeo…
…makes this great red wine called ‘Terra Crua’
It’s light, delicious and only 10% alcohol
Why is this useful ?
Well obviously if you want to do something in the afternoon
after lunch apart from going comatose this is the fella…
…You can enjoy ‘il pranzo’, imbibe a glass or two and still be
So a trip to the wine bank (see website) seemed in order
…with Il Capitano in the driving seat
Il Capo wanted me to see the real thing…..
TAKE A DEEP BREATH…..
Welcome to the world of Firmino Miotti
It actually doesn’t get any better than this…..
A wine business that’s been in the same family for centuries
Passed down from father to son to son to son and so on until now…
…when the business will pass on to the daughter
It’s the 21st century…..
…..and the Italians are on board !
This cantina (winery) sits on top of a hill looking out across the
plain to Venice on what was the original settlement of the town
The farm is over 500 years old in parts, the true genesis of Breganze
The view is breath-taking
Firmino and daughter produce eleven different wines that include
This is a light, sparkling white wine, best decanted and ideal
when drunk as an aperitivo or with primo piatti
These grapes are so rare you will probably never get them anywhere
else in the world; the pedevenda grapes are an autochthonous varietal
Don’t ask me, I just read that bit myself !
Also worthy of mention is the famed GROPPELLO…
Apparently girls (and women) clear off when the men start
to drink this ruby red nectar…..
…..you can probably guess why, the name comes from the
dialect verb ‘ingropare’ ! ! !
So back to the title of this post…..
…..Why is truth stranger than fiction ? ? ?
Well as Firmino guided the captain and the G.-man round
the old winery there were these extraordinary posters round
the place (fading and curling at the edges a bit) of this ‘Marlboro’
man in a check shirt
This hunky outdoorsman was advertising a now defunct brand of
And yes, it was Firmino himself forty years ago when he was a star
male model ! ! ! ! !
Of course he only did this in his spare time and he never let it
interfere with the serious business of the wine production
But his rugged good looks had been noticed by some admen types
and for a decade or so Firmino was a bone fide poster boy
The captain told me that he passed part of his misspent youth with Firmino
on the farm…..
…..probably going there once a week to…..
…and tell lies !
Sounds a bit like the Groover’s youth
I seem to recall claiming intimacy with at least two girls
when I hadn’t actually even French-kissed anyone…..
…..I wasn’t even sure what French-kissing was !
So it would appear to be a universal truth
And as someone once said…..
‘Put the devil in your mouth and you lose your brains’
…..and start lying