In the garden of the Casa degli Atellani, in Milan
To the long list of dazzling cultural treasures that Leonardo da Vinci bequeathed to humanity can now be added another marvel – wine.
He may be best known as the Renaissance polymath who gave the world The Mona Lisa, The Vitruvian Man and blueprints for war machines, parachutes and helicopters, but Leonardo was also passionate about wine, which he described as “the divine liquor of the grape.”
Five centuries on, a team of experts has resurrected a vineyard that he once owned in the middle of Milan, from which they have produced the first, rarefied batch of a white wine that would have been familiar to Leonardo.
The vineyard was given to him by Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, as payment for The Last Supper, which he painted on the walls of the refectory of the nearby Convent of Santa Maria delle … [Full Article]