Some call it yoga wine, some call it yoga & wine. For the Barberis winery it is simply yogawine, one word containing two different world, wine and yoga, in this way creating a unique sensorial and meditative path.
It is not only combination, it is pure synthesis. Strange and bold, for sure, but it is less risky than one could think. The yogawine activity in the winery is simply a wine tasting following a yoga lesson. The idea comes from the belief that the “here and now” magic of this ancient Indian practice – that makes everyone more aware and prepared to deeply listen to themselves – amplifies the natural attitude to feel, turning the tasting into a new, almost virginal, experience.
According to Aeschylus, wine is the mirror of our mind; for Pindar, it lifts souls and thoughts; king Edward VII believed that wine is not only made for drinking, but also for smelling, watching and enjoying. Therefore, getting to know wine for what it really is means preparing the body to perceive every single vibration that this precious nectar can give. Yoga can make you feel lighter, more purified and deeply receptive, ready to experience the most intimate shades of the world. In this case, the wine world.
Before the yogawine, you will be visiting the vineyards and terracing, having the chance to capture all the details that will be useful during the yoga exercises. During the lesson, all the production activities will be indeed explained and the flow of the talk will follow the natural rhythm: from the calm pruning to the cheerful harvest.
But there is a secret behind the Barberis yogawine that makes it different from all the others. Yoga and wine tasting take place in sequence, in the same room. At the end of the yoga lesson, you stay in your place and you will be given an empty glass of wine (silently provided by the winery owners). At this point, you will be surprised by the fact that every different bottle has its own sound when uncorked or poured into the glass and that tasting a wine with your eyes closed can be a real symphony. In our daily life, we take into consideration only one sense at time, with an inevitable imbalance. With the yogawine instead, hearing, sense of smell and taste, eyesight and touch are a harmonic and well-balanced all-in-one.
As William Blake used to say: “if the doors of perception were purified, everything would appear as it really is: infinite”. Dear Blake, we have surely taken your word!