Hitting newsstands today, the April 30 issue of Wine Spectator magazine presents a potent bouquet. Sting and Trudie Styler on the cover, standing comfortably in one of the many magical spots to be found on their 900-acre Tuscany estate Il Palagio.
Once the magazine is opened and the body-text by Robert Camuto fully sampled, many more flavors emerge. This is rich, bold storytelling, beginning with the way the purchase of the estate was sealed in 1997 between Sting, Styler and one Duke Simone Velluti Zati di San Clemente:
“The house was kind of falling down, but the rooms were livable,” Sting says. “We knew it needed a lot of work. But the clincher for me was the wine. The duke said to me, ‘Would you like to taste some of the wine?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ and tasted it, and, wow. I said, ‘Okay, we’ll buy it.’”
“We bought it for a song,” Sting says dryly. He reports that the purchase price of the villa, then 270 acres, was 6.2 billion Italian liras, which at the time was roughly equivalent to $3.5 million. “Maybe two songs.”
Ha ha. Sting learned later that the wine given to him by the Duke was not quite what he had thought. From there, much more is revealed about the singer’s relationship to the arts of savoring and making wine. At the very end of the article, there is this wonderful description of Il Palagio and what the estate has come to mean to its fully committed owners:
When it’s not filled with Sting’s six adult children and their families, the estate often hosts a changing salon of friends, musicians, actors, film and theater producers and directors, philanthropists, and intellectuals.
The farm produce is worked into elaborate, fresh gluten-free meals prepared by Sting and Styler’s gifted personal chef, Joe Sponzo. Bottles of the house wine circulate freely.
“For me it’s a place to think, to get inspired, to bring people,” Sting says. “Wine is part of the cross-pollination of ideas.”
More info about the Il Palagio wines here.