Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, stone homes and cobbled streets, there has been plenty of time to wander and to dream.
A few days ago, we visited a local winemaker and not only experienced incredible wine, we were brought to the edge of tears by this man’s realized dream.
I had complimented the winemaker by acknowledging how proud he must be to have achieved what he had achieved. His response was this: “Proud?” “No, I don’t feel proud; I feel happy.”
I asked him to explain and he said, “I work sometimes 15 hours a day, but I am happy because I have created something that others enjoy.”
What an amazing statement! He had started with nothing but a dream, over time he bought a vineyard, and now produces some of the best wine in Tuscany. And his reward, that which makes him happy, is that others enjoy what he has created.
In a country where the architecture spans centuries; and where frescos, sculptures, and paintings leave us breathless; and where even the sun can have halos around it, it is the Italian people who have inspired me with their graciousness and selflessness. Mille Grazie...