Sting: “A wine must tell a story”
The singer and former frontman of Police has made Tenuta Il Palagio in Tuscany his home, which he shares with his wife Trudie. He produces Chianti, but also fruit, vegetables, honey, olive oil and even sausages in the palace he bought in 1999.
A wine is like a song, it must tell a story. That's why I named my wines after my greatest hits. Il Palagio is a very special place for my wife and myself. We are surrounded by beautiful vineyards and olive groves, two lakes, grain fields and wooded hills. It is in this wonderful setting that we produce our organic and biodynamic wines. Tenuta Il Palagio has always been active. At the end of the 17th century, the Martelli family acquired the estate. In 1819 it was sold to Countess Carlotta Barbolani de Montauto, the widow of the Duke of San Clemente. The property remained in the family for the next 150 years. At the start of the 20th century, Duke Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente commissioned several new buildings, including a grain store and an oil mill, and had vineyards planted. When we first came to this magical and ancient place, in 1999, it had fallen into a state of some disrepair. We immediately began renovating the buildings and properties and had the estate restored. It has since been returned to its former glory. We are very proud of our achievements because it is important that wine enjoys a well-maintained environment. It's a bit like a beautiful diamond, there always has to be a great setting if you want it to shine! We don’t use any chemicals either, our wines are 100% environmentally-friendly. These are artist's wines, with names recalling my repertoire, such as ‘Shape of my heart’, ‘Sister Moon’ and the ultra-famous ‘Message in a bottle’!
Interview by Frank Rousseau, our correspondent in Los Angeles