Chianti On The Rocks
A story of accidental winemakers
After toiling for more than twenty years in the vineyards of journalism (and wine bars of Fleet Street) I felt in need of a new challenge and found myself, unexpectedly, exchanging newspaper cuttings for vine ones. Wine wasn’t the reason Mira and I moved from England to Tuscany, but fate stepped in when our love affair with a Chianti farmhouse hit the rocks having spent our lifetimes’ savings on the purchase. We were reluctant winemakers, but the results were startling. Eventually, after thirteen years, we were even invited to New York as part of a group of ambassadors for Tuscany, to present our wines at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan. Little did anyone there know that the only previous agricultural experience two of the producers had ever had was cultivating geraniums in gritty London window-boxes.