Dry Extract Interview: Axel Heinz of Ornellaia and Masseto, Tuscany, Italy.

Axel Heinz of Ornellaia and Masseto, Tuscany, Italy

© photo provided

Axel Heinz of Ornellaia and Masseto, Tuscany, Italy

Axel Heinz of Ornellaia and Masseto, Tuscany, Italy

© photo provided

Axel Heinz is the estate director and winemaker of Ornellaia and Masseto, both in Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy. These so-called Super Tuscans are considered Italy’s answer to a great Bordeaux-style wine. Heinz' training in Bordeaux under mentors Denis Dubourdieu and Michel Rolland gave him all the necessary know-how for his role. He’s of French-German originand also speaks Italian, English and Spanish. 

The best advice I ever got

The best deals in life come when you don’t need them.

My life motto

Work seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously 

I am currently reading

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.  

My most played music track

Mass in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

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

A musician

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

Conduct an orchestra

My favourite kind of exercise

Riding a bike close to the beach in Bolgheri

I relax while

I am listening to a nice piece of music with a good glass of wine 

I collect

Good memories

My essential newspaper/magazine

Le Monde

My desert-island wine

A great vintage of Château d’Yquem 

I have learnt a lot from

My mentors Denis Dubourdieu and Michel Rolland 

My last meal and sip will be

Shellfish with a glorious white Burgundy