Man in the Moon

by Giuseppi Sesti

As a young student of the Accademia in Venice, I used to go with a friend to a farmhouse in Valdobbiadene for the grape harvest every autumn. It was a very old-fashioned farm with a family that must have been there forever—little children, older boys and girls, father, mother, uncles, and, above all, the venerable grandparents with the history of the land written on their faces.

 During the vendemmia, in the cellar, Silvano the grandfather overlooked every aspect of the operation with hawk eyes. He would miss nothing. If somebody was doing something wrong, he would burst out with a proverb in rhyme that would explain why the job should be done differently. Later I discovered that he used the same method during winemaking: “Se movi el vin co la Luna storta el chapa le maladie!” (If you move the wine with the wrong moon, it will get sick!)

 Silvano knew thousands of proverbs, songs, and rhymes for every aspect of farming and winemaking. Furthermore, he knew how to make farm tools, how to assist farm animals during birth, and how to make cheese, among many other crafts.

 Silvano was analphabetic. He could hardly write his signature. This was my first encounter with the power of oral tradition, which, for thousands of years, has taught men how to invent a weapon or a plough, how to build a ship and navigate using the stars for orientation. Likewise, farmers always used the cycles of the moon for the process of agriculture and winemaking.

 Time has passed. I have written several books on ancient calendars and on the celestial sphere and I have studied the classics, but when we decided to turn Castello di Argiano into a wine estate, it was Silvano and his traditions that came back to mind and which I follow every day of my life.

 That makes me a lunatic, an astronomer, and a winemaker!

 Why not! I rather like to pay tribute to those generations that for centuries have preserved ancient varieties of grapes through wars, famine, and plagues, managing not only to succeed but also to produce the good food that goes with it.

Today vino del contadino, “farmer’s wine,” is looked down on by oenologists (doctors in winemaking), who perhaps should be grateful that a man like Silvano has served on a silver platter his extraordinary heritage.

 

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by Dixon Brooke

When Giuseppe Sesti’s daughter Elisa sent me the latest words penned by her father, aptly titled “Man in the Moon,” I immediately knew that I wanted to publish it in our brochure. Not only because it was inspiring, entertaining, interesting, and educational—as all of Giuseppe’s writing is—but mostly because it so effectively communicates the Sesti philosophy better than I ever could. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it, as it embodies the type of person that we relish working with, and a way of thinking that tends to produce really exceptional wine. Of course, nothing beats tasting Sesti’s wines to understand what this astronomer/philosopher has been able to do with his own vineyards over his many decades of accumulated experience. Here is a small selection of what we currently have in stock from Sesti—the produce of a great mind working in sync with the moon, sun, and earth.

In Stock from Sesti

per bottle

per case

2015 Toscana Rosato >

$25.00

$270.00

2014 Rosso di Montalcino >

39.00

421.20

2011 Brunello di Montalcino >

85.00

918.00

2009 Brunello di Montalcino >

85.00

918.00