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.


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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.
 

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