The OLD, The NEW & The UGLY: Starting with the OLD, the world renowned inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was given a small vineyard, located in central Milan, in 1499 (that’s 271 years before Australia was discovered) by the Duke of Milan in payment for painting - “The Last Supper”. That vineyard remained in continuous production for almost 500 years, right up until it was destroyed by a US bombing raid in 1943. These grounds are now a garden within the walls of a grand palazzo called Casa degli Atellani. Recently researchers excavated the grounds and found partial roots of vines, which have subsequently been identified (by DNA testing) as Malvasia Bianca Candia of which is still grown in considerable quantities in Italy. Working with the current day owners of the Palazzo, researchers have re-planted the vineyard. Read More...
Friday, March 20, 2015