Sting’s wine named one of Italy’s bestBy Neal Baker
A red wine produced at the Tuscan estate owned by British singer-songwriter Sting has been listed among the 101 best wines in Italy.
Sister Moon, named after one of the former Police frontman’s songs, has been listed among the top picks by US wine magazine Wine Spectator.
It is one of four wines produced at the Tenuta il Palagio winery, a 16th century estate that Sting and his wife Trudie Styler purchased 16 years ago.
The award gives the Englishman in Tuscany’s wine a spot at Wine Spectator‘s table at the OperaWine event during Vinitaly in April.
Sister Moon was the first IGT Toscano wine produced at Il Palagio. It is aged for 24 months in new French barrels, has an alcohol content of 14.9% abv, and comes with a £36 price-tag for a bottle of the 2008 vintage.
It is made with 40% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot 30% and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon grown at the 350-hectare estate.
The trick behind producing the award-winning wine may be Sting’s penchant for singing to the grapes, a hobby he revealed last year.
“I sing in the cellar. I like to think the wine’s taken it in”, he said.
Other wines produced at the estate include When We Dance and Casino Delle Wie and, of course, Message in a Bottle.
Tenuta il Palagio also produces honey and olive oil, and has hosted famous guests who pay US$7,000 for a seven-day stay in a Villa on its grounds.
Vintage Roots, Sting’s UK importer, has been contacted for comment.