4273 - Casa Pedrani, Italy

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The tiny island of Panarea is synonymous with aristocrats rubbing shoulders with film stars and dancing barefoot until dawn on candlelit terraces. But a young couple from Milan couple decided to settle there for another reason entirely – to make wine. Andrea Pedrani’s family has owned this house on Panarea since the mid-1960s, a real gem located atop a small hill above the port with stunning views over this little island. It was the first house built by Paolo Tilche on Panarea, an architect who later developed the iconic Hotel Raya, which is mainly responsible for Panarea’s status as the holiday mecca for the jet set. But the Pedrani house stands well aloof from all of this summer mayhem. Andrea, and his girlfriend Federica, both wanted to escape city life and return to nature, so decided to plant a vineyard behind the house and have begun to produce a delicious dry white wine, “Insolito” with completely traditional Aeolian processes. Power tools were not available in these early days of building in Panarea, and many older houses, including this one, were built on and around immovable massive boulders, which in turn became features of the houses. The typical Aeolian style consists of geometric forms and whitewashed walls, with simple internal décor. Here, furnishings are kept to a minimum. The purity of the white walls instils an almost Zen-like feeling of calm, simplicity and tranquillity, especially with the occasional incidental wall of natural volcanic stone. Terraces surround each room, many with colourful tiles, and most with mouth-watering views of the sea, and of flowering cactus plants or colourful bougainvilleas in the garden. Here Andrea and Federica spend the majority of the year, far removed from civilization perhaps but much closer to nature and happiness. Writer Adam Butler

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