Massimiliano Lucia is Sales area manager Italia at Tenute Rubino. His job requires frequent and long journeys. On the road, music is a loyal travel buddy.

Vinitaly is about to start and the team that is going to represent Tenute Rubino in Verona is already packing. In order to relax during the long journey from Brindisi to the heart of Veneto, I’ve cherry-picked a few songs, for a great wine playlist.
Songs and wine, a perfect match. How many songs do you know about wine? Here in Salento there is plenty of that. Songs in dialect that stretch their roots deep in our tradition. I have tried to select the ten best wine songs of international music. Songs from different times and different kinds.

10 Eric Clapton – Bottle of red wine
A good playlist needs an impressive kick-start. I think it’s the right choice putting this task in the hands of a great artist like Eric Clapton.

9 Bandabardò – 20 bottiglie di vino
I’ve decided to keep out the selection hundreds of Italian popular songs, but I cannot avoid at least one Italian song. The Italian tradition is committed to Bandabardò, with this exciting song, which is perfect for summer festivals with never-ending music and wine.

8 Electric Flag – Wine
We date back to 1967 with this song from Monterey festival, one of the first music mass gatherings. A beat generation milestone, the forerunner of the more popular Woodstock, which occurred two years later.

7 Frank Sinatra – The days of wine and roses
Let’s change genre with this song, a cover from the 1962 Henry Mancini’s The days of wine and roses soundtrack. Over the years this song has been played by many singers, I would like you to listen to Frank “The voice” version.

6 Third eye blind – God of wine
Third eye blind, an American band, tells us about the God of wine in this 1997 song…

5 The Corrs feat. Bono – Summer wine
Let’s move to the Top five of the best songs about wine: we come back to Europe, in Ireland. In this live exhibition The Corrs host one of the greatest artist in the world, Bono, for an emotional summer of wine…

4 Franz Ferdinand – Wine in the afternoon
The Scottish band Franz Ferdinand is just one step before the podium with this b-side of the 2006 hit Eleanor put your boots on. A connoisseurs’ choice.

3 UB40 – Red, red wine
Bronze medal for UB40 with this Neil Diamond’s cover from 1968. The reggae version I’ve chosen made the song even more famous, like many times in music’s history.

2 Jeff Buckley – Lilac wine
Number two for Jeff Buckley. His version of Nina Simone’Lilac wine is extracted from his masterpiece Grace. The pathos of this song is just a small sample of the album with the best of Buckley’s production. Four years later the unlucky artist drowned in a channel of the Mississippi river.

1 Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine
Marvin Gaye wins my special selection with this popular song. Over the years, many artists have played their version of the Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong’s original piece. However, it was Marvin Gaye who made the song famous in 1968. The song does not refers directly to wine, but tells the story of a betrayal. The protagonist finds out “through the grapevine” about his girlfriend cheating on him. I’d like to imagine that this way of saying generates during the harvest, when farmers help themselves by singing and chatting and rumours move quickly through the grapevine. With this song I want to wish you a safe trip in the world of wine.