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Norfolk. Tractors frequently have tracks rather than wheels as the chance of turning over on the rugged terrain is a consistently real one. A lot of everyday life and farming is a true ‘off-road experience’. Another experience for Wanda was becoming a recognised farmer. “It was a learning curve as steep as the landscape and involved some more bureaucracy,” she remembers, “but now I’m a certified agriculturalist!” Landscape and soil types around Montalcino are ideally suited to the growing of vines and olives, and the area’s Brunello di Montalcino wine is one of Italy’s two most prestigious wines. It’s not a quick turnaround wine but a very strict denomination – among other restrictions to ensure quality it’s aged for five years from harvest before it’s allowed to be sold. “At Montalcino, quality is everything,” says Wanda. “I think some people visiting Tuscany wonder why a bottle of wine from Montalcino costs more than many bottles of wine from a supermarket shelf in the UK. The answer lies in the time, care and attention invested in vineyards here. The vines that produce the marvellous wines of the Montacino area are constantly tended, work is all done manually and the grape bunches are thinned to provide just one or two small, perfectly concentrated bunches.” It’s all about quality rather than quantity, and complexity rather than high yields. The supermarket shelf ‘buy-one-getone-free’ wines may well be mechanically picked, and there will

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