I have learned to respect the land and follow its production cycles and natural limits. With machines, you can alter time frames and productivity, establishing rigid programmes and goals, but not with a horse.
A horse is a living creature, with its own limitations, character and days when it has lots of energy and days when it does not. You have to learn to listen to it, understand its behaviour. You have to train it day by day because the relationship with living creatures is a path filled with rules and unexpected events. A horse has resources and I must be flexible and respect it. And the horse must respect me.
We work together; the rules of hierarchy must not overlap. This too is harmony because a good wine stems from respect for the land, the vines and the living creatures that work there.
Midway between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, I observe and experience the seasons from the back of a horse. The sky changes and the light changes as Corleone and I follow this unique dance which ends with wine in glasses all over the world.