Dry Extract Interview: Andrea Franchetti of Tenuta di Trenoro & Passopisciaro

Andrea Franchetti of Tenuta di Trenoro & Passopisciaro

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Andrea Franchetti

Andrea Franchetti of Tenuta di Trenoro & Passopisciaro

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Andrea Franchetti is the man behind two ground-breaking wine estates, Tenuta di Trenoro in Tuscany and Passopisciaro in Sicily, both in Italy. Half-American, half-Italian, he owned restaurants in the US and Italy and was a wine importer in New York City before deciding to make wine in Tuscany. This led him to study in Bordeaux under mentors like Alain Vauthier of Ausone and Luc Thunevin of Valandraud. He continues to push boundaries at both his estates.

 

The best advice I ever got

Was to stay small.

 

My life motto

Things that count happen unexpectedly.

 

I am currently reading

The landscape in Val d’Orcia

 

My most played music track

A Day in the Life by The Beatles

 

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

A haruspex [someone who reads the entrails of sacrificial animals to tell the future].

 

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have

Divination

 

My favourite kind of exercise

Forget about the future.

 

I relax while

I’m absent-minded.

 

I collect

Dressing gowns

 

My essential newspaper/magazine

The Calendar of Frate Indovino

 

My desert island wine

Monfortino

 

I have learnt a lot from

Peter Vinding-Diers

 

My last meal and sip will be

Mutton and Chenin Blanc

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