Over 250 guests, with the contribution of the greatest experts in etruscology and viticulture and the fascinating show of a great jazz performer. These are the ingredients behind the success of Thursday, November 1 event at Rocca di Frassinello, during which was inaugurated the new Etruscan Documentation Center, one of the first private museums in Italy, part of the network of the Tuscan Maremma Museums.

Before the inauguration, Prof. Luca Cappuccini, Etruscologist of the University of Florence who leads the excavations in the Necropolis of San Germano located inside the property, has intrigued an attentive audience, composed of professionals, journalists, institutions and wine lovers, illustrating the new findings of the tombs as well as the latest sensational discoveries concerning the Etruscan town found last summer.

The author Patrizia Passerini spoke about the close link between Etruscans and viticulture while musician Stefano Cocco Cantini enchanted the audience reproducing, with self made instruments, the melodies that presumably the Etruscan symposium cheered. Paolo Panerai, President of Rocca di Frassinello, cut the ribbon of the new Documentation Center flanked by Olga Ciaramella, councilor of the Municipality of Grosseto, “this experiential exhibition” says Paolo Panerai “is the result of a virtuous collaboration between public and private: between the Archaeological Superintendence of Tuscany, the University of Florence and Rocca di Frassinello. Innovative and stimulating is the philosophy that inspired Italo Rota in creating the definitive setting, enriched by new important finds and by a room that reproduces the environments where the Etruscan symposiums were held. An evolved civilization that already 3 thousand years ago, precisely on these lands, cultivated the vine to demonstrate that here it has been possible to make great wines since then”.

During the visit, guests have been able to taste the etruscan wine, which is seasoned with spices, dried flowers, honey and cheese, served in the traditional containers, faithful copies of the cups found during the excavations. A unique experience followed by a tasting of the complete range of Rocca di Frassinello wines, including the limited edition of the Rocca di Frassinello Etrusco.

Finally, the event ended in the majesty of the barrel room where, amid everyone’s amazement, the maestro Stefano Cocco Cantini gave life to an exciting program with his saxophone: an unforgettable musical moment enhanced by the perfect acoustics of the barriquerie that over the years has hosted internationally renowned artists.

Watch the photo gallery created with the contribution of Fabrizio Lucarini.

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