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Since wine is also the “guardian” of Italian beauties, from landscapes to monuments, we increasingly tell the story of the birth of projects that see it together with the most important Italian cultural institutions to promote the heritage of the beautiful country, of which the wine itself is also a part. Increasingly exclusive projects that first of all confirm the extraordinary evocative power of the Italian cultural heritage as well as the great potential represented by the public-private synergy. The last case history sees together, on the one hand, Palazzo Te in Mantua, one of the most extraordinary examples of Mannerist suburban Renaissance villa, built in the sixteenth century in imitation of the ancient Roman villas, by Giulio Romano for the Gonzagas, as a place of delights and pleasures of living, including wine and banquets, depicted in the sumptuous frescoes which are among the marvels of Italian art such as the “Fall of the Giants”; and on the other side, Villa Della Torre in Fumanea “jewel” of the Italian Renaissance, commissioned by the noble Veronese family a few steps from Verona, and built with the hand of Giulio Romano himself between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in clear homage to the civilization of Rome and a unique example of “domus antiqua romana”, but also considered a “little Palazzo Te”, a place for literary meetings and symposiums, e today a cellar owned by the Mastella Allegrini family among the vineyards of Valpolicella. Two masterpieces united precisely by the master Giulio Romano, who now, following evident historical-artistic resonances that also revolve around the Villa as a stately country home, a synthesis of beauty, art and love for agriculture, forge a happy and fertile alliance, greeted by the production of a new wine born in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica: the “Camera dei Giganti” wine, a limited edition of the Valpolicella Classico Superiore of Villa della Torre, produced for the Palazzo Te Foundation with grapes from the vineyards surrounding the Villa and “ dressed” with the fresco on the vault of the “Camera dei Giganti” in Palazzo Te.
Cultural heritage are the arts, monuments, architecture, but also the territories, production traditions, cuisine, wines, and the fascinating spirit of conviviality. With this project Caterina Mastella Allegrini explains to WineNews, “we wanted to unite the two Palaces in the “Giuliesque” sign and celebrate this new alliance with a wine. It is a very long project, because we started working on it in 2019. Now, the “Camera dei Giganti” wine can be found in the two Villas and also in our online wineshop. What we want is to make wine lovers passionate about the world of art, and vice versa”. “The function of art and of the cultural institutions dedicated to art is also that of participating in the overall development processes of the territory – underlines Stefano Baia Curioni, director of the Palazzo Te Foundation – art is always contemporary, and the poetic act is not always abstract, but concrete and has to do with the ability to do things that can inspire wonder, quality of life and civilization. In this case with wine, which is knowing how to make a product that not only belongs to the world of the senses, but of civilization, of being together and of conviviality. Anyone who comes to Italy must come because it is the realm of the art of living that passes through products such as wine, which is the story of the care of the earth, of an aromatic system that speaks of ideas, for this reason we work a lot together with wine well. The grape, then, is represented in Palazzo Te because it is part of the culture of the Mediterranean, which is the “cradle” of our knowledge and our know-how that reverberates in the art of the Renaissance and offers us reasons for enjoyment”.
But there is more to this new alliance between Italian excellence, because the game of overlaps between the two Villas, of which wine is now the common thread, virtually brings two of the most beautiful cities in Italy, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together : Verona of the Scaligeri and “capital” of Valpolicella, and Mantua of the Gonzagas, who after conquering power with the help of Cangrande della Scala, lord of Verona, made it the “Rome of the North”, as the art critic Philippe Daverio, whom we met right at Villa della Torre. And who told Giulio Romano as a true “archistar”, Raphael’s most brilliant pupil, and for whom the “Chamber of the Giants, his most spectacular and bizarre work, was the first cinematic expressionist story in the history of our painting . Made with the same creative imagination that, with references to the grotesque and horrid, is found in the gigantic anthropomorphic chimneys of the Lion, the Unicorn, the Devil and the Angel of Villa della Torre.
Wine, just like art, is often the creator of a perfect aesthetic, which can end up in a glass, provided it is a well made wine. And together, art and wine are symbols of that generous resource for culture, capable of involving aesthetic sensibility, education to experience pleasures and the very development of civilizations, which is our cultural heritage, provided we know how to enhance it . “Wine is an Italian excellence and an art form, albeit a minor one, and the scenic and architectural beauties of our country can also support production. It is important to combine public and private initiatives that serve to enhance the immense artistic heritage and at the same time the Italian productions – Marilisa Allegrini concluded to WineNews – the “message in the bottle” of a wine can be propagated indefinitely, and the “Camera dei Giganti” wine with its label stimulates curiosity to come and visit Italy and its wonders. Art inspires business and business must support art”.

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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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