Tuscany is known for the land of the golden grapes and prize-winning wines. In the Val d’Orcia, South of Siena and west of Pienza, Francesco Illy has carved a little land for his divine, biodynamic wine at Podere le Ripi. Illy, you ask? Yes, that Illy of the coffee family. Francesco, a photographer, was Illy’s creative director responsible for the whimsical and artistic coffee cup sets, until he moved to Montalcino.
From photography to Montalcino’s greatest Brunello wines (and one of its most curious- Bonsai), Francesco has created an entirely biodynamic vineyard whose main philosophy is the natural replenishment. Listen in for more on Farmhouse Harmony and Podere le Ripi’s biodynamic synergetic garden.
In This Episode
[02:05] Guest Francesco Illy, Podere Le Ripi
[03:17] Biodynamic wine
[10:55] Making Brunello
[19:41] Biodynamic Synergetic Garden
[29:42] The Cantina
[39:01] Digging Deeper