Not but a couple days ago, while walking down the back roads of Castiglion Fiorentino and then into the countryside that spans the empty valley between our temporary home and Cortona, I couldn’t help but think of how much we take walking for granted. It is such a simple motion, one that our bodies somewhat unconsciously perform every day. Yet walking, however mundane, is freeing. By our two legs moving, even at the slowest pace, we are allowed to travel both menial and great distances. We are self-sustainable because we can walk. We don’t need artificial help, cars, motorcycles, bikes, not really. We have two perfectly organic, homegrown appendages that only grow stronger with use. If all else fails, we could make it, because as long blood pumps through our legs, we can walk. How lucky are we?
|La Pieveccia grounds|
Riccardo Papini, whose family has owned and operated the place since it’s beginning in 1930, showed us around. He told us all about how the farm and winery, La Pievuccia, strives to create as natural an environment to grow its products as possible. The farm doubles as a reliable seller of certified organic goods as well as an agriturismo, a place for persons from all over the world to stay and to learn about their traditions. They produce all of their wine without the use of unnatural chemicals. They also recycle their old organic matter into compost, which promotes the health and vitalization of the plants they grow. They even go so far as to use solar panels for all of their energy, and seaweed to fight forms of fungus. They respect the basics, the classics, and nature.
|La Pievuccia wine|