It is impossible to talk about Italy without being filled with a sense of gratitude. After all, we have the Italians to thank for some of the greatest pleasures of the palate. They gave us ravioli, Neapolitan pizza and gelato, after all. And who can forget the vino—the Sangioveses, the Nebbiolos, the Barberas. In Italy, wine is a way of life—as integral as “food,” as author Karen MacNeil once wrote. “Wine and bread are as essential to an Italian dinner as a fork and knife (probably more so).”
Cassiano Sabatini, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Immobiliare Cassiano Sabatini & Partners, leads the quintessential Italian lifestyle. He has spent the last 23 years in real estate, working between Tuscany’s Monte Argentario and Rome, selling some of the region’s most romantic Tuscan castles. Like most Italians, he enjoys a nice Pinot, spending time with his family and sailing his boat on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Intrigued by the Italian way of life, Previews® Inside Out asked Sabatini to share his favorite food moments, his best advice for buying a Tuscan vineyard and his personal outlook on wine (“You taste the wine, you do not drink it”).
Favorite pasta and wine pairing: Seafood spaghetti pairing with a cold Pinot.
Italian restaurant with best wine list: Ristorante il Pellicano in Porto Ercole.
Historical figure I most identify with: I never thought about it before…perhaps Vasco Da Gama, for his insatiable desire to discover new places.
Greatest extravagance: My yearly solo cruise with my sailing boat.
Greatest necessity: To live, not just survive.
Greatest love: My family.
My idea of perfect happiness is: Wake up in the morning in a sailboat, lulled by the sea, with the aroma of coffee.
I feel most inspired when: When I believe in what I’m doing…even if it’s raining.
Most prized vintage in my collection: A bottle of Masseto from the Ornellaia Estate.
Most memorable meal I’ve ever had: The Pelican Restaurant, Porto Ercole, dinner for my first 45 years. I enjoyed mainly almond risotto with red shrimp juice and chicory coffee, roasted blue lobster with Marsala-Crespino sauce (divine!) and smoked potatoes with hake, and oysters in shiso sauce, all accompanied by Gaja Gaia and Rey 2009.
Best place in Italy to own a wine country home: Tuscany, of course! We have five labels in the list of the 100 most sought-after wines in the world, six consortia DOCG, 36 DOC consortia, an export increase of 46% over the past five years, and hundreds of wineries that have won awards. All of this is in an area that does not need any introduction….
What to look for when purchasing a wine estate in Italy: Surely, among other things, the peculiarity of the land, the climate and the soil composition. The regularity of the rights of the vineyard, as well as the correct sizing of the vineyards and winery buildings used.
Preview the Italian Lifestyle: Exclusive vineyard estate in Maremma, Tuscany for $9,142,820 USD.
Cassiano Sabatini’s real estate experience spans over two decades and includesmarketing, sales and negotiations throughout Tuscany. More information on Sabatini can be discovered here.