Episode 375 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently and features Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga of Tenuta San Leonardo in Trentino-Alto Adige.
There are many times when a family story is just underneath the surface of a wine story, and disputes between generations have resulted in real ramifications for wineries around the world, especially in the Old World. In this interview, the family side of the story isn’t in the background, it is most of the discussion. It is a son explaining the challenges that have emerged between father and son at the winery over time, not just in his own generation, but also for the one before him. And that is what sets this interview apart from the winery profiles you read in books: this discussion isn’t so much about harvest dates and maceration times, this is about the stuff of human connections and needs. And the human chain turns out to have been as important to what has happened at the winery as anything else, if not significantly more so. What does Anselmo have to say about the history of his own family, one of the more renowned names of Italy? You’ll have to listen to the interview to discover it. This isn’t likely to be found out any other way.
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