Enjoy a night of vintage Puccini
featured in the Herald Sun, Friday, January 20, 2012
br> Author: Simon Plant, Photographer: Chris Scott
OPERATIC arias are about to waft over the vines at Seville Hill Winery. A bit of La Boheme here, some Madame Butterfly there. The voice belongs to Domenic Bucci, but this tuxedo-ed tenor is not about to give up his day job - which is making wines at Seville Hill - just yet.
"Singing is just something I do for pleasure," he says. And Bucci is sharing the love tonight at an opera-under-the stars concert. Guests at Seville Hill's Tribute to Puccini will hear him hit top notes while they savour his top drops. "I'm always a bit nervous at the start," he says. "But Puccini is brilliant to sing."
Singing came before winemaking for Bucci. Inspired by Mario Lanza and Italian music at his home, he took lessons in his teens - "but I never thought I could do it for a living". Bucci sees parallels between opera and winemaking. "To me, they are both art forms," he says. "You learn the science of it and once that's sorted, you start to involve a bit of art."
Tribute to Puccini has sold out, but Seville Hill will stage another concert under the stars on April 27. Bookings, ph: 5964 3284.
Tastings at Seville Hill Estate
featured in yarra valley & ranges country life, Issue 2 Autumn 2010
The long driveway of Seville Hill Estate leads you up and up, past rows of vines, and as you reach the top, you'll find breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley before you. Further along, beside the winery and cellar door are beautiful, century old Elms that cast dappled light over the lawns. This is a perfect setting for a baby grand piano, drum kit and double base of the Chris Dal Trio, who rolled out smooth jazz tunes on a warm summer afternoon in January. Add groups of friends and families, fine wine and gourmet fare and you have the series of Summer Jazz conducted there, fortnightly.
Once you have settled in, head to the cellar door to taste one of the many wine varieties Seville Hill have created. Owners John and Josie D'Aloisio, will expertly guide you through the wonderful array of flavours to experience, from a Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot to a pretty pink Rose, and a range of reds including a Tempranillo, for something a little different.
Seville Hill Estate is located at 8 Paynes Rd, Seville and can be contacted on 59643284 or sevillehill.com.au