Follow your heart….make your dreams come true

Can you really drop everything and follow your passions in life? This man did it!

Paolo was an architect but one day he decided to follow his greatest passion in life: his dream was to set up an organic farm.

One day he gave up his job and he set up his own organic biodynamic farm calledย  “Terre del Sole”ย  in an area of extraordinary beauty like lake Garda.

Paolo at Terre del Sole

Paolo Bebber is a very hearty and energetic man. I could feel his passion for life and the countryside, the air was almost vibrating with excitement! As you might well know I am full of admiration for people like him.

Paolo produces organic vegetables, wine and olive oil by following the principles of biodynamic agriculture which was invented by Steiner in 1927. By this principle you need to learn to observe the plants and understand what they need on a daily bases, like for instance if they are ill, if they need more water or if they are suffering in any way. Also you need to follow the cycles of the moon too.

He uses herbs like sage and horsetail which have natural antiseptic properties against fungi which would threaten the health of the plants.

dried herbs

Organic wine can be preserved with sulphites (like ordinary wines) although it is about half of what you will find in ordinary wine. But what do sulphites look like?

sulphites

It is a white powder and it consumes the oxygen present in the wine so it will not degrade. This is why when you open a bottle of organic wine it tastes great on the first day and then its quality quickly deteriorates.

Red wine require less sulphites to last than white wine. This is because red grapes are fermented with their skins and they contain tannins which are chemical substances belonging to the family of polyphenols. They help in preserving the wine and affect its colour too.

Paolo of Terre del Sole

Paolo also produces wine without any sulphites at all (yes it is possible). So what does he use instead? A natural product called nitrogen.

Organic sulphite-free wine

His 100% organic and vegan beetroot and onion (and other vegetables) spreads are delicious served on top of bread.

beetroot spreads

He also makes wine in terracotta amphore and lets the wine with the skins ferment in them. It is a very ancient method of producing wine known since the Roman times.

Anfora for wine making

Paolo is very proud of his purple potatoes which are rich in polyphenols and have many properties includingย  anti-inflammatory antioxidant effects.

purple potato

With these black beans he makes vegetarian burgers so he keeps meat consumption in his family to a minimum. Eating too much meat is never that good for your health and it is good to try different sources of proteins too.

black beans_

Later we went to see his fields. The area around the lake is just so beautiful! A brisk walk in the morning was just what I needed to feel refreshed.

walking in the fields

smelling plant

Paolo plants lots of sage for its antiseptic properties.

sage

Biodiversity is very important when producing organic vegetables. The more varied the ecosystem the greater the resistance of the plants and the insects so that the plants can heal themselves and the soil can regenerate itself.

biodiversity

Paolo grows potatoes too and they must be so delicious with no chemicals added to grow them.

potato field

And there were some fruit trees too.

fruit trees

What a beautiful area indeed. I want to come back here soon!

view of the vines

Azienda agricola “Le Terre del Sole”

Via Floriani 31

38060 Pranzo (Tenno)

ITALY

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10 Responses to Follow your heart….make your dreams come true

  1. gloria

    che bello !! what lovely and beautiful poost cara !!
    Baci!!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara Gloria

  2. Chiara

    bellissimo reportage, condiviso il tuo pensiero…seguiamo il nostro cuore e i nostri sogni si avvereranno !

    • Alida

      Si ne sono convinta. Bisogna perseverare.

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Lovely, just lovely. The photos are exquisite! Especially of the mountains in the background. Paolo is very brave to follow his dreams, but sometimes you have too. He is a pioneer in his field of the organic and the vegan world. I love that beet spread on bread. The purple potatoes look very interesting, and the wines..awesome..he uses nitrogen. Love the black beans so big and love he makes burgers with them. I have been eating a lot of these types of foods lately, personally. They are so good and love organic. They may cost a little more, but I think it is worth it. Thank you for sharing another terrific post from Lake Garda. Have a good one…
    Hugs and ciao! Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Definitely worth every extra penny. Better drinking less wine but good one!

  4. elisabetta

    Loved this post Alida. What a courageous young man, leaving behind his career to embark on this ancient method of farming. I totally support him. Very interesting to learn that red wine requires less sulphites than white wine.

    • Alida

      Grazie cara. I always prefer drinking red wine instead of white, I just find it lighter. I would like to learn more about wines too.

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I definitely think that most people can stop everything and follow their dreams. What usually keeps them back is fear.

    • Alida

      I agree and you are a good example of someone who have achieved this with your fantastic website and book!

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