Italian wine-maker Roberto Bava is in India through Finewinesmore, to judge the India Wine Challenge in Delhi next week, and to promote his wine. Pioneers in the Barbera variety of local grape, the Bavas are known for such revolutionary wines like the Rosetta, the Stradivario and the Barolo — a sought after brand in the international wine market.
Inspired by Keith Jarret’s 1979 performance at the Montreal Jazz festival, Bava returned to his native Asti, in the Piedmont region of Italy, with a grand idea. “At that time my father was restoring one of our older cellars. My brother and I asked him to let us host classical music concerts in the cellar,” he recalls. Musicians performed for entire days at their cellars and kept trying different wines. As the day progressed, the musicians identified certain compositions or instruments with certain wines.
Now, Bava’s wine estate boasts of a steady stream of musicians performing classical and jazz music at their vineyard, which now has two dedicated jazz halls.
Bava regrets the elitism attached to wine consumption in India. “My own wine is too expensive for me to afford here. I hope that changes in future.”
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