There are a few places of harmonic convergence where every facet of the vineyard and every nuance of the grape fit together perfectly. In those rare places, both grapes and ground transform into ecstatic wine. Pictured is one of those erogenous zones.
It is the monastery and cathedral at Badia Apassignano in Tuscany, Italy. Nearby are the famous Antinori vineyards where some of the most seductive and luscious grapes in the world grow. When combined with the sensual beauty of the land, it is no wonder that people travel here from all over the globe to see, taste, smell and touch.
It is impossible to explain why regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piemonte, Napa, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and Yalumba have that earthy, erotic ability to produce evocative and sacramental wine. But produce they do. The finest wines in the world come from these erogenous zones.
The term viticulture means the cultivation of grapes and grapevines. Viti means life and culture describes preparation and knowledge. So a winemaker literally cultivates life by making love to the erogenous zone and grapes. It is a beautiful thing and evident when you know and see the passion of these great men and women called viticulturists.
Wine is a living thing. That is why it changes so dramatically in the glass in just a few short minutes. Savor wine and sense its life. It will reward you in transcendent and yes, sensual ways.
Tomorrow, How Wine Is Made.