Sting Is Charging People $345 A Day To Harvest His Crops
Going to a farm to pick fresh fruit is a popular pastime for many families. However, if you're doing it on Sting's Italian estate, it's not only going to cost you a pretty penny, it appears you don't even get to keep your bounty.
The Telegraph has discovered that, at Il Palagio, Sting's 900-acre estate in the Tuscany region of Italy, people can pay £208 ($345) to spend a day picking grapes and olives with his staff. "Roll up your sleeves and join the grape or olive harvest in the field of dreams at Il Palagio," Sting says in a statement. "Start the day with a picnic on the expansive lawn and a briefing from the estate manager to help you understand your work as a farmer-for-a-day: learn about the soil, the vines and trees, and techniques for harvesting."
For their troubles, those who take him up on the offer are allowed to sample the wine made on premises, which includes a red called 'Message in a Bottle,' which is billed as a "complex aroma of cherries, wild blackberries and spices."
Sting, who is worth a reported $300 million, purchased Il Palagio in 1999 when the 16th century estate was in a state of disrepair. He restored the property and reactivated the farm, selling not just wine, but honey and olive oil which can be purchased on the premises. Demand has been so high that they will soon be offering them via mail order. Il Palagio also has six cottages that can be rented out for £6,000 a week.