Jetzt graben die Wurzeln im Ton und in den Kalkstein während die Triebe auf dem Boden sich in die Sonne strecken
Im März 2016 habe ich Salvatore auf der Prowein Messe in Düsseldorf kennen gelernt. Er war zusammen mit einigen Winzern aus Salerno, meiner Geburtsstadt, und dem Cilento gekommen. Salvatore wurde in Neapel geboren, aber seine Familien stammt aus Rutino, ein hübsches Dorf im Cilento, nicht weit von Paestum. Vor einigen Jahren sein Entschluss, sich vor allem der Erde zu widmen. Aus dieser Lebensentscheidung stammt auch der Name seiner naturbelassenen Rotweine: “Prima la terra”. Salvatore verließ seinen Plattenladen in Neapel und fing ein neuen Lebensabschnitt im Cilento an mit dem Ziel, aus einem sauberem gesundem Erdboden wohlschmeckende Rotweine zu erzeugen. Die Arbeit war sehr hart, aber Salvatores Idee hat sich gegen alle möglichen Widerstände etabliert. Sein Aglianico glänzt im Glas und unser Gaumen nimmt die sonnige Kraft dieses Terroirs mitsamt Düften war. Seine dunkelrote Farbe ist fast undurchdringlich, schimmert aber an der Sonne und läßt uns schon im voraus von Kirschen und Lakriz, Leder und Heu träumen. Mehr möchte ich an dieser Stelle nicht verraten. Buchen Sie einfach einen Ausflug mit Essen im alten Wohnzimmer mit wunderbarenalten Möbeln, Ahnenbildern und Salvatores Vinilplatten-Sammlung!
Mountains and seaside close together, strong coulours and the taste of late summer oranges. Old beautiful houses and modern bars, long beaches and gorgeous vegetation.A few days in Praja a Mare
München, Bratwurstherzl, 9.00 a.m., 2014, 28 March
Two days in the Bavarian capital just like in a picture book. Clear air, warm sunshine as in May. At the Victuals Market – the heart of Munich – you can experience a special dreamy mood in the early morning. Farmers, butchers, bakers, florists, waiters prepare for a long working day. Early birds, people on their way to work and single travelers – like myself with suitcase in tow – do their shopping in peace, get their traveling provisions. No noise, no hassle. Before the Bratwurstherzl, a cozy Bavarian inn, tables and chairs are set up, a waiter is smoking his first cigarette. Everything will be different one or two hours later. Mass tourism has its price.
SUNNY WEATHER AT CHRISTMAS
As in the past years we enjoyed again sunny mild weather all over Christmas break. Especially those who live all the year round in colder countries, do not miss the snow on these days! Between Christmas and new year’s eve I have undertaken a three hour trekking tour with friends. We started in Cetara, a tiny fisher village on the Amalfi Coast, an went up walking along comfortable footpaths between Thyrrenian Sea the Lattari Mountains. It was the best day of the year!
Last summer I spent a short weekend in Siena, the town I love the most after Salerno, my birthplace. I was walking with Sandra, one of my best and oldest friend heading to Piazza del Campo as I saw a couple walking in my direction. As they were passing by I stopped and they looked up. I hadn’t seen or even talked to them for more than 4 years and all of the sudden we met in Siena, a few steps from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Next day I met a small group of US-Students who had just visited me in Salerno. This is a very small world.
A lovely mediterranean town lying between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Lattari Mountains. Its historical old town is Salerno’s beating heart inviting visitors to walk along tiny streets and small squares, to climb to its top overfacing the beautiful gulf. Long time ago spa and health resorts, its rivers and brooks would rush downhill winding themselves through gorgeous vegetation. In the Middle Ages Matteo Silvatico, a distinguished physician of the Medical School in Salerno, created a “garden of simples” in a wonderful site called Plaium Montis, half way between the Castle of Arechi and the Municipal Gardens downhill. Silvatico himself describes the garden in his main work Opus Pandectarum medicinae, “…and I have a taro, in Salerno, in my garden, near a well known spring.” About 20 years ago the local administration in Salerno decided to rearrange a garden of the simples (Hortus simplicium, forerunner of all botanical gardens) in the place owned by the Silvatico’s family. The project was accomplished in 2000. The garden, named after Minerva, the Goddess of thousands works (Ovid) brought to light a few traces of the medieval garden like the ancient irrigation system. Today the layout of the garden goes back to different settings carried out between the 17th and 18th century. Visiting its five terraced gardens you will see a variety of plants and herbs Matteo Silvatico had chosen for his didactical purposes at the Medical School of Salerno. Enjoy the wonderful view over the old town and the gulf of Salerno.
When Lina, my mother, enters the beautiful pastry shop in Amalfi she stands very still for a while, enjoying the subtle elegance and the warm beauty of the Pasticceria’s interiors. After a while she approaches the colorful selection of Sfogliate, Delizie al limone, Capresi, Babà and other sweet delicacies. Sometimes the pastry shop owners, Andrea or Nicola, dressed in elegant black and white old fashioned suits, help her to make her choice.
Next time you arrive in Amalfi and stand before the cathedral´s imposing staircase, I suggest you to change direction and go first to the pastry shop. Whether you opt for a Delizia with lemon custard or for a tiny almond lemon cake, you will definitely enjoy the unforgettable taste of traditional pastry art. You have the choice of sitting in the beautiful interiors with its distinguished elegance of former times or in front of the pastry main entrance to enjoy the lively activity of everyday’s life on the small Piazza.
During a journey we should always have time for some itinerary changes. Image you are just arrived in Amalfi to visit St. Andrew´s Cathedral. You head to Piazza del Duomo, reach the imposing staircase and want to climb up. At this very moment you look to the right and see an old-fashioned sign, white padded chairs, small tables with immaculate tablecloths. A heavenly scent reaches your nose. You follow the scent and face a pastry shop. You can’t do anything else and go inside into another world…
ADELE’S WINE STORIES
A couple of years ago I asked Nicola, owner of the most famous patisserie in Amalfi, if he could recommend a wine-growing estate on the Amalfi Coast. I knew a few very famous ones in Furore and was looking for young winemakers who would like to work with me and for my visitors coming from all over the world. I had my own wine business many years ago and knew that small wineries and wine-growing estates are very special places where you can discover wonderful wines. More important, there are winemakers with time for their visitors who enjoy talking about the secrets of wine making. Nicola introduced me to a small wine-estate in Tramonti overlooking the Amalfi Coast a hidden jam between the Lattari Mountains. Prisco and Fiorina lead their company with enthusiasm. Their wines are to me like themselves, good and honest! I will never forget the first time I visited them with the group of students from Savannah, Georgia, when they taught us so much about wine and wine tasting in less than three hours (see picture below). I went back there several times and was never disappointed. Their idea is to produce a small quantity of high quality wines. For further information, please, don’t hesitate to contact me. Next time more about Patrizia…a newcomer of the wine business!