Q & A with Andrea Bocelli

The singer sits down with Wine Enthusiast to discuss his family's vineyard, how to pair opera and vino, and his post-tour ritual.

Wine Enthusiast: What are some of your early memories of the family property?
Andrea Bocelli: As a child, for me, the vineyards were a game, a place of discovery. My brother and I would often play in the vines. I also spent time cutting grapes during the harvest, working alongside the laborers. We shared the scents of the earth, the joys of life in the country.

W.E.: How involved are you with Bocelli Family Wines?
AB: While my brother Alberto and I make major decisions together, such as new plantings and vineyard extensions, and we taste wines together during the year as the wines develop, I’m not involved in the day-to-day operations. It is my role to present these wines so people can know how wonderful they are. But I joke that I am the “official taster.”

W.E.: When you’re on tour, what are your favorite regions for wine and food?
AB: They say, “wine makes you sing,” and it’s true. Wine releases music that comes from inside us, a surge of joy, euphoria, and the need to express ourselves beyond words. But wine certainly doesn’t help one sing well, especially for concerts! Therefore, when I tour, I do not often partake in rich foods and wine. That said, when my tour is over, one of the first things I do is to enjoy a bottle. As for food, Tuscany, is a veritable gold mine. I love the flavors, our cheese, our bread; I love sausages, especially when handmade; garden vegetables, and of course the pasta.

W.E.: What are some of the wines in your home cellar?
AB: I have a well-stocked cellar, which holds bottles from Burgundy, white wines of Friuli, Brunello, and also wines from Bolgheri.

W.E.: If you were to relax at home and drink a bottle of wine while listening to an opera, what is the opera, and what is the wine?
AB: First of all, it is worth mentioning those immortal masterpieces of opera that sing about wine. Just think of the famous brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata and the equally well-known Cavalleria Rusticana. If I had to pick a wine to enjoy while listening to La ­Traviata, I’d pour our Bocelli Prosecco, of course, while Cavalleria Rusticana might best be paired with the intense Sangiovese flavor of our Terre di Sandro, named ­after my father.

Published on March 25, 2013
Topics: Q&A
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net

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