Buttafuoco – Lombardy's secret

Buttafuoco December 2021

The producers of an extraordinary red wine in northern Italy have had to fight to keep it extraordinary.

In May 2018, when travel was blissfully easy, I was in Cernobbio on the occasion of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at the world's most glamorous, and certainly most exclusive, vintage-car event, held in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este overlooking stunning Lake Como.

Even though I am married to a classic-car insider, I never got in. With tickets to this show of the world's most expensive classic cars as rare as hen's teeth (apparently even high-net-worth individuals willing to...