Thursday, October 04, 2012

A full-bodied approach to natural wine-making

Open topped fermenters lined by animal pelts, amphorae, concrete eggs – what else? If some folks have it their way, they next wave of grass roots wine-making will be done in recycled Etruscan sarcophagi.

It’s not that far fetched. Etruscan stone coffins litter the Tuscan countryside, making it difficult to develop the land when they are discovered. Being wine country, Tuscany has a ripe opportunity to cash in on eno-tourism. Winemaking, from the cradle to the grave.

One observer was noted as saying, “This is win-win for all. We can’t move the things. And many of them are resting in underground caves. It would be the perfect place to make small-batch artisanal wine the likes of which the Georgians, the Friulans and the French terroirists can only dream of making.”

In other news, the firm that bought the concrete egg from Marc Nomblot, the Bonna Sabla Group, who also produce concrete caskets, have announced they are looking into long-term leases of uninhabited funéraire cimetière in Paris. Most notable are some of the prized ones at the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Just imagine the possibilities: a Gertrude Stein orange Chenin, a Jim Morrison wild yeast Malbec, or an Honoré de Balzac botrytised Barsac.

Noble rot, indeed.

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Thomas said...

Balzac Barsac, Stein Rhein...

Love it!

Piaf Picpoul, anyone?

Ron Washam, HMW said...


That would be Stein Steen.

Nice work, Alfonso. I love wine with just that little aftertaste of death.

Anonymous said...

@vintuition '[One][must desire life like water and yet] drink death like wine.' [G.K.Chesterton's Orthodoxy]

Thomas said...


My first one was Stein Steen, but I changed it because I thought the rhyming rang better. But yeah, that's what it should have been.

Morrison Moristel is nice, too.

Alfonso Cevola said...

Rudolph's Steen

Thomas said...


Too esoteric.

Alfonso Cevola said...

as is most of this post...non e vero?

Thomas said...


Travel and Taste said...

As much as I love natural wines, I can totally see this happening, but not by the Tuscan themselves. By some wealthy swiss that has bought out a property and wants to make this next big thing in wine.

Franco said...

The etruscan were a population that really knew how to enjoy their life (and the wine)more that ancient romans.

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