“Barbarossa” was the nickname of the German Emperor Friedrich I living from the years 1122 to 1190. The meaning is “red beard”, because he had worn a beard, which evidently had a red color. All his life he was travelling between Germany and Italy, which Northern part had been part of the German empire at this time. His life was dominated by his relation to Italy, while the center of his governing had been the Southwest of Germany, from which he was starting for the successful development of his empire. Living and travelling in between these 2 regions surely he found very good food and obviously wine. Maybe his beard has become red from red wine? Similar to Barbarossa I am born in Germany´s Southwest and was travelling nearly whole my life between this part of Germany and Northern Italy. My main history is dominated by the relation to Italy and since when grown I have worn a beard, red in my youth, white in my age. What is nearer to take this emperor as the patron saint of our cantina?
As I understood, Barbarossa loved life and its good things. I am happy to share this preferences with him and my friends.
VOLKER HOFER, Shanghai 2018-02-15