La Vendemmia Wine & Fashion

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by Melanie Payge – Photos by Leonardo Vecchiarelli


LA VENDEMMIA is an annual event in Milan – A unique experience in the world of luxury combining fashion with the finest wines.  When I saw Barolo on the list, I went straight to BERLUTI! I love their signature atelier crafted and hand painted shoes.

Artisan Gianluca Caminati and Melanie Payge at work

photo: Artisan Gianluca Caminati and Melanie Payge at work

We were welcomed by store manager Alessandro Allegri – he’s lovely I must say. Escorted to the tasting table for a glass of Altesino’s Brunello di Montalcino 2010. I had the most lovely chat with Alessandra Angelini, her name means “little angels”, which I believe flutter above her. She and her mother, a former lawyer, took over the Altesino vineyard in 1975. Destiny in their names, Grandma’s last name was Uva, meaning grape.

Alessandra Angelini, Melanie Payge, Lorenzo Gucci at Berluti

photo: Alessandra Angelini, Melanie Payge, Lorenzo Gucci at Berluti

Famous for being the first in Moltalcino to create a single vineyard Barolo, “Montesole”, named after the hill the grapes grow on.

Next stop LARUSMIANI, we chose to taste the “sporting” wine, a Vermentino 2014 from Maremma.

A very debonair connoisseur explained to us that on a yacht in the Mediterranean, you are only fashionable if you have a chilled bottle of Vermentino from Belgvardo, on board.

Gaetano Signoriello, Melanie Payge, Elena Policella

photo: Gaetano Signoriello, Melanie Payge, Elena Policella

Couldn’t wait to see JAEGER-LECOULTRE’s family of “Master Ultrathin” – Noticing the Champaign colored “quadrant” I turned to find the entire family of Louis Roederer: Grandpa Cristal, Grandma Cristal Rosé, Dad Brut Premier and my favorite of the entire family Mom Blanc de Blanc. An entire family reunion in the tiniest store on the Via.

Melanie Payge and Store Manager Erminia Curti

photo: Melanie Payge and Store Manager Erminia Curti

THE HARMONY OF ART Meissen and Champagne Comte de Montaigne

Ileana Turrini, Melanie Payge, Stéphane Revol

photo: Ileana Turrini, Alberto Cristofoli, Melanie Payge, Stéphane Revol

Both Maisons were established over 150 years ago, hand painted tableware with Champaign that is still rotated manually: pure elegance.

Visiting one of my favorite Jewelry Boutiques VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, we find the beautiful couple between the classic floral Alhambra line and Zuani’s Crisp “ginestra flowery” white.

Marzia Marzari, Melanie Payge (1)

photo: Marzia Marzari, Melanie Payge

Just deciding on our next ‘degustazione’ we ran into the most lovely Canadian couple, Chris and David Miller. We just so happened into AGENT PROVOCTEUR.

Melanie Payge & Chris Miller Agent Provocateur (1)

photo: Melanie Payge & Chris Miller

And we did taste some Provocative Wines!

About Author /

Melanie Payge - personal stylist and assistant. Melanie is our special guest fashion blogger. After working for years in the luxury fashion industry and fashion publishing, today, Melanie is a private consultant and stylist. She knows Milan inside and out and can organize special shopping tours and showroom visit.

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