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Sting and his life as farmer in Italy

Rock star Sting has spoken for the first time about his life as a farmer on the large Tuscan estate where he has spent much of the last 15 years.

The former Police frontman, 58, produces extravirgin olive oil, chestnut and acacia honey, jams, fruit, vegetables and salami on his 300-hectare estate near Figline Valdarno, 30 km south of Florence.

''I am a farmer who looks after the land to nourish it and not to plunder it,'' he told an audience at the town theatre that included Tuscany Governor Claudio Martini on Tuesday evening, explaining why his business is 100% organic.

In September, Sting will present his first-ever red wines - a Chianti and a Toscana made largely from Sangiovese grapes grown on the estate.
The 2007 vintage wine has been resting for two years and 30,000 bottles will be ready this year.

Sting said his love for the local landscape resulted in him falling off his mountain bike and breaking a thumb after he lost concentration while gazing at the scenery. ''Fortunately I can still play but I don't ride my bicycle any more,'' said the singer.

The star bought his first slice of land in Tuscany at the end of the 1990s for 3.5 million euros before snapping up a further 200 hectares for 5.75 million euros in 2002.

by S. C.
13 march 2009, World News > Italy