A close workmate of Cristian Grigore, here is another one of the #panizzipeople. Andrea Lampis, originally from Sardinia, works the land of Panizzi and its vineyards to extract their most precious juice, destined to become great wine and great olive oil. Here's how he talks a little bit about himself.
#panizzipeople 9: Andrea Lampis
What's your job at Panizzi?
I am an agricultural worker, like Cristian (Grigore).
What is the skill that those who do your job cannot absolutely lack?
Commitment and experience gained over many years of hard work. I have been working the land for 40 years and I do this job knowing all that good that can come from it, from cultivating the land, given you handle it with care.
What do you like the most about your work?
A set of things, really: working outdoors and not in a closed space, feeling the scent and the energy of the vineyards, full of life and potential. There is much more than one imagines in a job like mine.
What did you do before working at Panizzi?
I worked with livestock, I worked as a mechanic and a maintenance technician, but always in agricultural settings, in the countryside. I am from Sardinia but I have been living here in Tuscany for 35 years and I know the Tuscon countryside very well. So many people do this job because they have not found anything else, but I do it because I chose to.
What do you do in your free time? What are your passions?
My kids are adults now so I have time to rest, first of all - because I need to -, to visit the beautiful places of the countryside around San Gimignano, to spend an evening out with friends, have dinner or pizza.
What is your favorite Panizzi wine?
Vernaccia Vigna Santa Margherita is the best one for me. It has great value for money, anyone can afford a bottle, you can drink it during a whole meal. It's not as complicated as a Riserva. And if you bring it with you for a dinner at friends' you will look great.
What is your favorite place at Panizzi?
Larniano; it's wonderful. I live there. Even those who don't live there and visit end up falling in love with the place, because it is a secluded, isolated place, beautiful, with ancient building and surrounded by an amazin landscape.
What is your favorite place in San Gimignano?
I like its places of aggregation, those where the locals live: Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna, where there is a bar, a pharmacy. These places are now very familiar for me and I tie my live to them more than any other place.