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Wine and culture are increasingly united, because together they can do a lot for the Italian cultural heritage of which today they are a symbol in the world. This was also the case in the past, when in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance agriculture, and therefore also the production of wine, were a source of supply and economic sustenance for the ancient religious and lay institutions. This is how the “Vino del Duomo” of Milan is “reborn”, a Rosso Igt Verona (and soon also a Spumante Brut), the result of an important three-year project by the Venetian winery La Collina dei Ciliegi for the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo in Milan, as they told Massimo Gianolli, president and CEO of the Valpolicella label, in Valpantena, and of Amarone, and CEO of Generalfinance, one of the most important companies in factoring, and Fedele Confalonieri (one of the greatest managers in Italian history, for years helmsman of Mediaset and pioneer of Italian private television) in Milan yesterday evening, however, as president of the historic body responsible for the conservation and enhancement of the Cathedral , established in 1387 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Lord of Milan, for the design and construction of the monument and which has been working for over 630 years in its conservation and restoration, in the preservation and service of liturgical activities and in the enhancement of the its heritage, providing for the finding of the resources necessary for its maintenance, at the Maio Restaurant (on the 7th floor of the Rinascente), with a view, obviously, of the monument-symbol of the city and of Italy.
Visited by over 2 million tourists every year, the Milan Cathedral was built thanks to the generosity of many donors, of whose bequests the Veneranda Fabbrica has scrupulously kept register and memory in the centuries-old Duomo Archive since the fourteenth century.: money, land, raw materials, clothing, jewelry, work, but also wine, especially red and harvested in the vineyards of the Milanese countryside, from which it arrived on wagons loaded with brente of wine (75.55 liters) to the officials in what is still today the Palazzo of the historic institution and whose proceeds were intended to cover the construction costs of the Cathedral. Wine that, now, in the evolution of the ancient virtuous patronage, will continue to help preserve it and support the restorations with an elegant bottle with a label signed by the most awarded wine designer in the world Mario di Paolo (on sale, in the next few days, in the stores of the Milanese Cathedral, in La Rinascente Milan and in the e-shops of the Duomo and La Collina dei Ciliegi, as well as being the “Wine of the Month” in October at the Maio Restaurant and at the Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel).
A “magnificence”, Massimo Gianolli said, “with an“ army ”of spiers and works of art, partly already undergoing restoration, partly waiting to be. Among these is the statue of the “Giant 29” which supported one of the gargoyles, a work that struck me because it represents one of the “keepers” of the Milan Cathedral. And I said to myself: if he could come to Verona, he would follow the same path made by my father and my family. In fact, there is a common thread that connects Milan to Verona, also through the history of the Duomo, built thanks to the dialogue between Veronese and Milanese structuralists who, at the time of the design of the Cathedral, together solved the technical problems regarding the stability of the internal pillars. . It is the same bond that unites my family and our companies to these places since 1925 in an eternal journey of love and business, between Milan and Verona. A dream that came true, with the grandiose work which, restored and returned to its incredible original beauty thanks to the “Adopt a statue” project, married by Generalfinance, and with the permission of the Veneranda Fabbrica and the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the metropolitan city of Milan, from 4 September it is exceptionally exhibited in the Barrel room of our cellar, as the “keeper” of our wine and “testimonial” of the project that makes us very proud and thanks to which, from Verona, the wine has left at a time from Milan. Particularly there are two wines: the “Duomo” Rosso Verona Igt, a pure Corvina, and the “Duomo” Spumante Brut, from Garganega and Chardonnay, which will be born in a few weeks, fruit of native vines that represent our roots “. But it does not end here: “I would like to continue contributing to the restorations, identifying a” brother “of the” Giant 29 “to make the project long-term – Gianolli told WineNews – and I urge everyone to do so, and in particular we entrepreneurs who we care about our culture and the obligation to help preserve it in order to preserve our roots ”.
“The history of the Duomo is made up of surprising intertwining of food, gastronomy and art – explained Confalonieri – on its scaffolding, after all, people lived and spent a lot of time. Sometimes the products of the earth represented not only a nourishment for the workers who worked here, but also a precious source of income to contribute to the construction of the Cathedral. This is the case of wine: not everyone knows that, for example, the Veneranda Fabbrica owned vineyards in Volpedo since the fifteenth century, whose grapes were sold and the relative proceeds destined to finance the construction site. Recovering this ancient tradition, we found a sensitive and generous interlocutor in La Collina dei Ciliegi, with the president and Massimo Gianolli, a courageous patron who also wanted to adopt the statue of the “Giant 29” ”. Wine thanks to which, one of the greatest Italian managers told WineNews, “great things were born”.
The “Adopt a statue” initiative aims to enhance some statues of the Milan Cathedral which, for conservation reasons, can no longer be left in place on the Cathedral and for this reason are deposited at the Cantiere Marmisti, the laboratory of the Veneranda Fabbrica at the gates of the city where the new sculptures destined for the Monument are born and those structurally more fragile find shelter. From this premise the initiative of the Veneranda Fabbrica was born which, also thanks to the collaboration with the Superintendency, has as its main objective the recovery of these historical pieces, offering them to companies and individuals on temporary loan, against a contribution aimed at the restoration of the Cathedral. . In particular, the support of Generalfinance was destined for the restoration of the statue of the “Giant” (in the ancient numbering of the Cantiere Duomo Gigante 29), dating back to the first half of the eighteenth century and reproducing a male figure wrapped in large wavy drapery, worn around the waist and on the shoulder. It is one of the 96 giants that decorate the external walls of the Milan Cathedral and that functionally and metaphorically support the gargoyles. This giant, in particular, coming from the southern head of the Cathedral and removed from it in a year unknown to us, was part of a group of sculptures commissioned to decorate the Chapel of San Giovanni Bono. His head is turned to the left, his left hand resting on his head, his gaze proud and solemn. The work, restored to its original beauty by the skilled hands of specialized restorers, is entrusted to Generalfinance for a period of three years, initially placed and exhibited in the Barricaia, the noblest area of ​​the La Collina dei Ciliegi winery in Erbin, in Grezzana in Verona, to celebrate, in a symbolic journey, the places that represent the roots of the company which, in turn, with its wines helps to restore beauty to its Cathedral.

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For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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