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Harvest time in Italy | Fogarina a song for making love & picking grapes

Harvest time in Italy | Fogarina a song for making love & picking grapes | Wines and People |

Fogarina was one of the most widely planted varieties in the province of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy at the beginning of the twentieth century, especially in the commune of Gualtieri… It is even the subject of a popular Italian folk song.”

The wildly popular Italian folksong, “L’uva fogarina,” tells the story of “the beautiful Fogarina grape” and the “pleasure of picking it.”

That same pleasure, says the singer, is also found in “making love with my lover in the middle of the fields.”

Teresina, recounts the singer, “doesn’t want to weave and she doesn’t know how to sew.” The country sun is bad for her, she claims.

I’ll leave the rest of the story to your imagination.

Recorded by scores of Italian artists, it’s one of those songs that every Italian knows and loves: it captures the spirit of harvest time, when a year’s work in the vineyard comes to fruition. It reminds us of how humanity must return to the earth to reap its fruits… and to procreate…

Listen the song: 

Vloasis's curator insight, September 3, 2013 2:40 PM

When he came home he found his love out back, crushing a mound of grapes the old-fashioned way. Clearly something had gotten into her. Had she watched another chick flick while he was out?


"Is romantic, no?" she asked in her thick Lithuanian accent.  And how could he deny it, or refuse her the hurried rush to their bed.


Cost of grapes and bucket: $130


Cost of replacing formerly white silk sheets and comforter and duvet: $320


Pretending you just went into a time warp and ravished a euro peasant: priceless.

Wines and People
The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio Many of these wines are little known outside of Italy but visitors to the region have a pleasant surprise when they try the local wine produced by many small aziendas and cantinas.
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