A day at Buonamico Winery with model and actress Corina Negut
Tuscany is a region in central Italy known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contain well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. But to some most importantly, for the production of extraordinary wines – appreciated through out the whole world for their taste and refinement.
Today we decided to spend the day with a beautiful Romanian model and actress who is moving forward in not only in the photography and publicity environment, but also in Italian cinema. Since 2011, Corina Negut has lived in Montecatini Terme and many magazines from Italy, Romania, and France are often writing about her goals. We can see Corina’s professionalism in every situation, but at the same time she remains the most simple, thoughtful and modest girl. And for this occasion she was so gentle to spend the time with us and to accompany us in our Tuscany visit. And what better place if not in the beautiful land in Province of Lucca, specifically in Montecarlo.
To be onest, we remained amazed by the beauty of the territory chosen by the professional protographer Stefano Ghelardi, together with the Director of Photography Luca Maietta.
Montecarlo is a beautiful city in Province of Lucca, which is home to some important wineries. One of the most popular and appreciated by tourists and tasters from all over the world is the winery of Buonamico (in English: GOOD FRIEND). And it’s there that we watched the shooting with the model and actress, and would learn important information about the extraordinary quality of the wine.
The winery was founded by renowned restaurateurs from Turin in the early 1960’s, with the purpose of furnishing their restaurants with wines from Montecarlo. Today, the Estate, which is owned by the Fontana family, has expanded in terms of both vineyard land and wine cellar space. While preserving the essential characteristics of ancient winemaking flavours, the Buonamico winery has now become one of Montecarlo’s leading producers of fine wines.
The Estate covers 40 hectares, 38 of which are employed in the production of red and white grapes. With a three-year program of planting on the vacant land, the total wine growing area reaches a total of 38 hectares. A number of the older and less productive vineyards have been replaced new vines of higher density per hectare.
The new vines are exclusively derived from noble stock, including white grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Vermentino and Viogner, and red grape varieties such as Sangiovese, Syrah and Canaiolo. An experimental vineyard of the Canaiolo Rosa and Buonamico varieties was created in order to monitor the development of the vines over time and to maintain the heritage, which has nearly completely disappeared on a national level, of these two types of grape varieties, with the ultimate goal of using them for the Estate’s rosé wine.
Corina, besides the fact that she is so beautiful and we can see it in the photos, is also very greedy for grapes. She confesses that during the shooting, she couldn’t help to not eat some grapes now and then, and enthusiastically tells us that the grapes were so sweet and full of flavour.
“I always love my work” says she, “but especially this day on the Tuscany land surrounded by so many goodies, Yummy !”
After the shooting we had the opportunity to visit the winery inside. Since the reserves will increase over the years, the winery has been integrated with the best equipment for the winemaking, bottling and wine storage. For example, the barrel cellar where the wines are left to stand undisturbed in an elegant environment that guests can visit. An entire area has been dedicated to the aging of reserve wines, with a special temperature controlled and accurately dehumidified environment.
The working day of Corina is finished. The sun is going down, coloring the landscape so subtle with a delicate pink and orange, yet still full of American and European tourists that came here to taste quality wines. We say goodbye of course, thanking the wonderful actress and model for the time accorded and for delighting our view with the wonderful shoots – and extend appreciation to Buonamico, for satisfying our tastebuds to some fabulous wines.
For more info about the winery, visit: www.buonamico.it
For more on Corina Negut, visit: www.facebook.com/CorinaNegutOfficialPage