In Vino Veritas

Quality does not lie


“In wine is the truth” said ancient latins, meaning that drinking wine makes the true nature of people emerge, shows how they really are, the truth of themselves.  In Vino Veritas, Vermentino of Sardinia DOC, doesn't fear the trial of the Mouth of Truth.
As a matter of fact for us quality doesn't lie and that's why we that's what we named this wine.


The Mouth of Truth

Bocca is a roman sculpture that can be dated around the 1st century and that is now in Rome in the Church of Saint Mary in Cosmedin. It represents a bearded man's face on which eyes, nose and mouth are pierced and hollow. The face has been interpreted over time as a representation of various subjects: Jupiter Ammon, the god Oceanus, an oracle or a faun.
More than its history, the legends around this mask are fascinating. In medieval times there was a growing legend that Virgil the magician built the Mouth of Truth for the use of husbands and wives who had doubted the fidelity of the spouse.
A similar story, that circulated through popular tales, narrated of an unfaithful woman who, brought to the Mouth of Truth to be tested by her rightly suspicious husband, managed to save her hand. As a matter of fact the charged woman told her lover to show up the day she was going to be tested and that, pretending to be crazy, he should hug her in front of everyone. The lover did exactly what she asked. So the woman, the moment she put the hand inside the Mouth, could safely swear that in her whole life only her husband and that man everyone saw had hugged her. By telling the truth, the woman could safely withdraw her hand from the tremendous Mouth, although she was guilty of adultery.
The name “Mouth of Truth” appears in 1485 and since then the sculpture has been constantly mentioned among roman curiosities, and has been frequently reproduced in drawings and prints. From those we can say it was originally located outside the arcade of the church; it has been moved in the arcade with the restauration wanted by Pope Urban VII Barberini in 1631.
From the lines of tourists that still today await to be photographed with the hand inside the “magical” mouth, it can be assumed that it continues to be included in the guides and even in the most hurried tours.