Ready for another one of the #panizzipeople? Let's now learn more about someone who works the land, a hard and demanding job that require a constant effort, vital for great wines. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Cristian Grigore.
#panizzipeople 8: Cristian Grigore
What's your job at Panizzi?
I am an agricultural worker.
What is the skill that those who do your job cannot absolutely lack?
Good will and a lot of passion for the land. Commitment and patience are important as well, even if sometimes it is difficult because it is a very hard job.
What do you like the most about your work?
Working outdoors and being enthusiastic about getting the best out of the land. If enthusiasm is missing, one needs to change jobs, even if it is very difficult to do that nowadays. I've been working the land for 40 years, but - fortunately - not because I was forced to do so or out of necessity, but because it's a job I feel is suitable for me. And I know that, in this sense, I'm lucky.
What did you do before working at Panizzi?
I was a gardener and also, as of today, an agricultural worker. I have always planted and cared for the vines and worked in the agricultural industry. I am a man of the land.
What do you do in your free time? What are your passions?
I have a small daughter and I take care of her too, like a small plant that needs to grow. I take her around so that she can do sports, do her activities, and when she has been taken care of, I spend time with friends, I also grow my own vegetable garden.
What is your favorite Panizzi wine?
I like the green label Vernaccia and the Vigna Santa Margherita, which taste great but are not as challenging as the Riserva. As for the reds, I like simplicity: so the Chianti Colli Senesi is my favourite, because you can not open a Folgore every time you drink a red wine.
What is your favorite place at Panizzi?
Larniano. That's where I live with my family.
What is your favorite place in San Gimignano?
Just about everything is amazing in San Gimignano. People from all over the world comes here to see its beauty, to pour into the large, beautiful squares, appreciating its medieval walls. I might as well just be anyone of them!