Sting And Trudie Styler: Exclusive Interview With Wine Spectator
Sting and Trudie Styler grace the cover of Wine Spectator’s April issue, which hits stands March 15. The couple talk about growing their celebrity wine in Tuscany, music, and how they find refuge on their Italian estate.
Sting says in the article:
On celebrity wines: “I think in some ways it’s a pejorative: celebrity wine. Because there is so much of it. We haven’t been here for generations. But we are serious. We are committed.”
On paying $3.5 million for the 16th-century villa: “We bought it for a song. Maybe two songs.”
On music and winemaking: “Even though it was going to cost a lot of money, the ethos of creating something unique really spoke to us. For me, the analogy of music was strong because success in music is about sounding unique…Taste to me is a wavelength. It’s like listening to Gustave Mahler or Burt Bacharach. It’s all good, but there’s a spectrum of intensity.”
On their purchase: “The house was kind of falling down, but the rooms were livable. We knew it needed a lot of work. But the clincher for me was the wine. The duke said to me, ‘Would you like to taste some of the wine?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ and tasted it, and wow. I said, ‘Okay, we’ll buy it.’”
On their stake in the Italian economy: “I prefer Italian wine now. It may just be loyalty to my people since we bought Il Palagio. I feel we have a stake in the Italian economy.”