The Ryder Cup and Barolo

What do golf and the world of wine have in common? Contact with nature, the importance of observation and patience. These are the elements that emerged in conversation with Francesco Molinari, the thirty-five-year-old world-ranking golf pro.

I had the honour of presenting some of my wines at the Wisley golf club, where the famous golf pro has been a member for eight years. It was an unforgettable evening, in part because the event took place just hours after Europe’s incredible comeback victory at  the Ryder cup. It was Francesco who made us rejoice, beating Tiger Woods at the last hole


The 105 members of the five-star golf club just outside of London made a toast with Rivetto’s Langhe Nascetta 2011 and Barolo Serralunga 2008. I was deeply proud to have had the chance to explain our splendid territory to such a large, important audience.

Francesco fascinated me from the start, and after having spent a few hours with him I had the impression of a true champion, calm, polite, helpful and quietly determined.


To my right, Gianfranco Zola, Watford trainer, and to my left, Roberto Di Matteo, former Chelsea European Champion coach

Although I have never had a very strong tie to golf, I see Francesco Molinari as a postiive example for all young people and I wish him further victories and successes, always toasting them, of course, with Rivetto wines, which it would seem bring him good luck :)

The year I was born, 1978, Ardiles became world champion at the World Cup in Argentina