Our Diverse Future

When Giacomo Tachis died in 2016, and his wife only one year later, Ilaria’s life changed forever. She recalls,
“I felt a sense of pain in my soul and my heart because I felt that a part of me and my past life was going away with them and would never come back”.

“Me and the two of them, the three of us, our little family was gone. I was no longer A daughterr … it was a strange feeling. It left a trace of emptiness, of abandonment. But I was objectively glad because their sufferings ended and I was always present through their final years. I know they felt my closeness even though neither of them could speak in the last six months. We communicated with looks and caresses. I realized that the first chapter of the book of my life was over and that it was necessary to turn the page by learning from the teaching, but also from the mistakes of my parents. They too, like everyone else, had their faults and made some mistakes in life.”

My future, how do I see it?

“I believe I am deeply attached to this place, where I planted my roots from childhood. My task now is to leave a sign of my own earthly passage with my family, Raffaele and all the children.
We are building a small wine company. All this would not have been possible if my father had not left me a small material legacy, but above all if he had not left me a spiritual legacy. If he had not taught me to love and appreciate the countryside, to understand that a tree, as he said, never makes you feel alone, to perceive the secret messages that the colors, the perfumes, and the nuances of plants and flowers confide to us everyday.

But working in the countryside and on a farm is something else:
If my passion were not shared by Raffaele, my husband, we wouldn’t go very far. It is he who gets up at five in the summer to go to the fields to work the vineyards, he is the one who organizes the work of our collaborators and is attentive to every little sign that the vines give us especially between spring and summer. He is the one who unloads all the grape boxes and takes care of the first moves in the cellar during the first fermentation. Not to mention bureaucracy and administration, which occupy most of my day and Raffaele’s in this difficult Italy.

We imagine our future company, like a small country farm, simple but elegant, tied to the Tuscan tradition, but open to the news and wine lovers who from now on contact us from all over the world. Great attention will be given to the environment, ecology and biodiversity. We are trying to become autonomous also from an energy point of view, trying to make the most of our water and sunlight to produce energy. We are replanting all the vines to obtain high quality wines from top quality grapes. We work the land with sustainable management and a low environmental system.

The old Tinaia that we are going to renovate will be a simple place, but well equipped from a technical point of view. There will also be a room for tasting and organizing small cultural events, with a nice cozy garden and a sapling vineyard . I can’t say more details because it’s all in the making. But I’ll keep you updated. We hope to be able to inaugurate everything as soon as possible!”

Ilaria Tachis, June 2019

By Cinthia Chaplin

Cannabis

In March 2017, after a long legislative process which struggled to overcome the historic resistance of a large part of the Italian parliament, Italy legalized cannabis cultivation for therapeutic purposes.
 The intention is no consumptionfor recreational purposes, but focused on the possibility of cultivating cannabis destined for medical use. In many countries, starting in Holland, cannabis has been used for years to relieve pain in cancer patients and alleviate the suffering caused by neuro-degenerative diseases and epilepsy. However, in Italy the process for farmers is still a path littered with obstacles, which only the brave set out to undertake.

At Podere La Villa, Ilaria and Raf decided to start a trial of therapeutic cannabis cultivation with the support of the University of Florence. Sowing began in the spring of 2018, following the path of civil commitment begun by the Luca Coscioni Association, which has been fighting for years for scientific research, civil liberties and human rights. Ilaria donated part of the proceeds from the sale of her father’s private cellar to the Association. The historic wines were auctioned by Bolaffi and Slow Food in November 2017, raising €45,000. Every single lot up for auction was sold, including the vertical of the world famous Super Tuscan red wine Sassicaia, composed of 18 bottles ranging in age from 1968, the first commercially produced vintage of this prestigious and revolutionary wine, to 2003.

Ilaria says, “my parents left me a great moral legacy: the ability to ‘think and see the world’ without mental superstructures, showing respect for human dignity in all its forms, the importance of culture and scientific research, the importance of sharing, the greatness of simplicity.” It is Ilaria’s belief that the Luca Coscioni Association meets all these requirements and more. Because of the Association’s strength and determination to fight for civil rights, especially for the right to end of life and to euthanasia (a subject particularly dear to Ilaria’s mother, with whom she had to make important decisions respecting her choices in her last days of life), Ilaria was delighted and honored to support the Association with the proceeds of the auction.

Associazione Luca Coscioni