Nessuno

A journey to the discover of new tastes


The history of Nessuno is a journey, like the one taken by Odysseus (Ulysses) in the deeds recounted by Homer in his Odyssey.
The particular that ties the  Homeric epic poem with our wine is represented by the adventure of Odysseus in the island of the giant Polyphemus. The journey of Odysseus moves on but has a stop almost at the beginning in the land of Cyclopes; that is where we find the famous passage of Polyphemus. 


Odysseus and Polyphemus

Polyphemus was tending his flock when Odysseus and his mates reached his enormous cave and, believing in the hospitality of the Cyclope, stayed and waited to share with the monster his food. A little after he arrived with the flock and, not knowing the strangers were inside, started to run errands as usual.  But hence the cyclope saw them at the end of the cave and, terrifying them with his words, took two of Odysseus' mates and ate them for dinner.  The following morning Polyphemus killed two other men and Odysseus, seeing the entrance of the cave blocked by an enormous boulder and wanting revenge for his mates, worked out a plan. To escape from Polyphemus' inprisonment, Odysseus thought out a trap: first of all he offered a very sweet wine to the Cyclope who, thanking him before falling asleep, asked for his name. Odysseus said his name  was Nobody. After that Odysseus blinded him burning his only eye with a sharpened pole. Polyphemus screamed so loud that the other Cyclopes woke up. They ran to his cave while Odysseus and his mates hid among Polyphemus' flock.  The Cyclopes asked Polyphemus why he screamed, and he said that Nobody was trying to kill him. The Cyclopes thought he was drunk and left him to his pain. The following morning, while Polyphemus let the flock out, Odysseus and his soldiers escaped thanks to yet another strategy: everyone of them held on to the furry skin of the belly of a sheep to escape from the touch of Polyphemus when he was going to tend the flock.