• Athanor is wine and alchemy between earth and sky

    Athanor is wine and alchemy between earth and sky

  • Athanor is wine and alchemy between earth, air, water and fire

    Athanor is wine and alchemy between earth, air, water and fire

  • Athanor is transmutation, purification, energy

    Athanor is transmutation, purification, energy

  • Athanor is wine and alchemy between spirit and matter

    Athanor is wine and alchemy between spirit and matter

“At the time of its last maturation, the vine has greater need for rays and the heat of the sun than at the beginning of spring. And when the sun in the autumn performs its function well, the vineyard normally provides a better and richer juice than if, in the absence of heat, these sunrays were missed.”

Basil Valentine, The Twelve Keys, Seventh Key

Ancient Alchemical WINE

From esoteric manuscripts of 1777

Enrico Sorrentino, The Alchemist

Enrico Sorrentino

The Alchemist

Enrico Sorrentino (Venice, 1975) studied architecture and modern history in Venice. He is interested in the social history and culture of Venice between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, with particular regard to the phenomena of popular unbelief and witchcraft. He published the study Giuseppe Pelizzari and that sure means of the holy oil. Passionate about esoteric philosophy, alchemy and wine history, he started in 2001 a personal wine production to which he applies alchemical principles of the eighteenth century taken from unpublished sources or books and ancient manuscripts owned by him

The Alchemist

  • Enrico Sorrentino

    The Alchemist

    Enrico Sorrentino (Venice, 1975) studied architecture and modern history in Venice. He is interested in the social history and culture of Venice between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, with particular regard to the phenomena of popular unbelief and witchcraft. He published the study Giuseppe Pelizzari and that sure means of the holy oil. Passionate about esoteric philosophy, alchemy and wine history, he started in 2001 a personal wine production to which he applies alchemical principles of the eighteenth century taken from unpublished sources or books and ancient manuscripts owned by him

    The Alchemist

Notte Saturnina

I

Notte Saturnina
Mercurio dei Filosofi

II

Mercurio dei Filosofi
Oro dei Savi

III

Oro dei Savi
Fuoco Occulto

IV

Fuoco Occulto
Sfera dell'Anima

V

Sfera dell'Anima
Catena Aurea

VI

Catena Aurea
Rugiada Celeste

VII

Rugiada Celeste
VII+I Rosarium Philosoforum ∞

VII+I

Rosarium Philosoforum ∞
  • Through the wine I realize the opus alchemicum and I get philosophical gold

    Through the wine I realize the opus alchemicum and I get philosophical gold

  • Through the wine I research the lapis philosophorum

    Through the wine I research the lapis philosophorum

  • Through the wine I collect the Elements and the qualities of the universe

    Through the wine I collect the Elements and the qualities of the universe

  • Through the wine I collect the Four Elements to recompose Matter and Form

    Through the wine I collect the Four Elements to recompose Matter and Form

One

“All the trees, herbs and roots, as well as all metals and minerals, receive their strength, their nourishment and their growth from the spirit of the earth because the spirit, which is life, is nourished by the stars and therefore feeds nourishment to all that is alive”.

Basil Valentine,
The Twelve Keys, Fifth Key..

Two

Seven ancient manuscripts containing obscure recipes for the production of esoteric wine. Seven different alchemical approaches to be worked in seven different places to better grasp the life-giving power of the earth. Seven wines, seven metals, seven different mystic-sensorial journeys.

Three

It all began in eighteenth-century heterodox Venice, when books of magic and magical practices circulated widely in manuscript form. One day in 1777 a friar named Gian Giacomo, reported to the Holy Office for praesunta haeresis and wanted by the Captain of the Court who was ordered to arrest him, ran to take refuge in an attic not far from San Marco. The reason for the accusation was the possession of seven alchemical manuscripts that he had shown to other friars and winemakers.

Four

In the attic the friar found a book in which he thought well to hide the manuscripts. Then, in the leaflet of the book, he wrote, he signed and dated the brief confession that there is to partially reconstruct this affair, and hid everything as best he could. We do not know what happened to Fr. Gian Giacomo right away. I do not know if he was captured by the Captain of the Tribunal, we do not know if he was ever brought before the Inquisitor. In the coeval court documents, there seems to be no mention of a friar named Gian Giacomo arrested for possession of suspicious manuscripts, and probably there was no real inquisitorial process.

Five

For some reason the book and manuscripts ended up in Naples two years later, if – book in hand – we read, in the guard's paper, the name of its new owner, as well as place and date: "Ermanno dei Sorrentino, in Naples, 1779". Probably the book, soon found in the attic, was sold or given to someone - perhaps to said Ermanno - who took it with him to Naples along with the manuscripts. These are the events of Gian Giacomo, the manuscripts and the book which, before the fall of the Serenissima, reached the Naples of Ferdinando IV.

Six

Well I was lucky enough to inherit from my father – who inherited it from his father – the book of Gian Giacomo, still intact and containing the manuscripts. I can not say that I am a descendant of Ermanno, the ancient owner of the book, although I share the same surname. The most important thing is to have come into possession of original manuscripts of the second half of the eighteenth century with alchemical procedures for the production of seven non-ordinary wines. Evidently it was wished that the memory of Gian Giacomo and the manuscripts should not be lost, if on the back of the book one reads, probably written by Gian Giacomo himself, the Greek word whose meaning is: "immortal".

Seven

Having always been a fond of alchemy and hermetic philosophy, I decided to reread the Twelve Keys of the Philosophy of Basil Valentine, the Corpus Hermeticum of Hermes Trismegistus, the Atalanta Fugiens by Micheil Maier and translate the manuscripts to begin the cultivation of the seven wines. Many things have remained obscure for several years. Thanks to the help of a friend Rosicrucian further possibilities of interpretation of the hermetic text have opened up and it was possible, using appropriately chosen viticulturists in seven different places in Italy, far from modern technologies, apply the acquired knowledge and obtain, after innumerable attempts, the seven alchemical wines of Fr. Gian Giacomo.

Eight

Today we keep book and manuscripts in a safe place. Where is it? In the Rosary of the Philosophers, in which, without the right Key, you can not enter...
  • One

    “All the trees, herbs and roots, as well as all metals and minerals, receive their strength, their nourishment and their growth from the spirit of the earth because the spirit, which is life, is nourished by the stars and therefore feeds nourishment to all that is alive”.
    
Basil Valentine,
    The Twelve Keys, Fifth Key..

  • Two

    Seven ancient manuscripts containing obscure recipes for the production of esoteric wine. Seven different alchemical approaches to be worked in seven different places to better grasp the life-giving power of the earth. Seven wines, seven metals, seven different mystic-sensorial journeys.
  • Three

    It all began in eighteenth-century heterodox Venice, when books of magic and magical practices circulated widely in manuscript form. One day in 1777 a friar named Gian Giacomo, reported to the Holy Office for praesunta haeresis and wanted by the Captain of the Court who was ordered to arrest him, ran to take refuge in an attic not far from San Marco. The reason for the accusation was the possession of seven alchemical manuscripts that he had shown to other friars and winemakers.
  • Four

    In the attic the friar found a book in which he thought well to hide the manuscripts. Then, in the leaflet of the book, he wrote, he signed and dated the brief confession that there is to partially reconstruct this affair, and hid everything as best he could. We do not know what happened to Fr. Gian Giacomo right away. I do not know if he was captured by the Captain of the Tribunal, we do not know if he was ever brought before the Inquisitor. In the coeval court documents, there seems to be no mention of a friar named Gian Giacomo arrested for possession of suspicious manuscripts, and probably there was no real inquisitorial process.
  • Five

    For some reason the book and manuscripts ended up in Naples two years later, if – book in hand – we read, in the guard's paper, the name of its new owner, as well as place and date: "Ermanno dei Sorrentino, in Naples, 1779". Probably the book, soon found in the attic, was sold or given to someone - perhaps to said Ermanno - who took it with him to Naples along with the manuscripts. These are the events of Gian Giacomo, the manuscripts and the book which, before the fall of the Serenissima, reached the Naples of Ferdinando IV.
  • Six

    Well I was lucky enough to inherit from my father – who inherited it from his father – the book of Gian Giacomo, still intact and containing the manuscripts. I can not say that I am a descendant of Ermanno, the ancient owner of the book, although I share the same surname. The most important thing is to have come into possession of original manuscripts of the second half of the eighteenth century with alchemical procedures for the production of seven non-ordinary wines. Evidently it was wished that the memory of Gian Giacomo and the manuscripts should not be lost, if on the back of the book one reads, probably written by Gian Giacomo himself, the Greek word whose meaning is: "immortal".
  • Seven

    Having always been a fond of alchemy and hermetic philosophy, I decided to reread the Twelve Keys of the Philosophy of Basil Valentine, the Corpus Hermeticum of Hermes Trismegistus, the Atalanta Fugiens by Micheil Maier and translate the manuscripts to begin the cultivation of the seven wines. Many things have remained obscure for several years. Thanks to the help of a friend Rosicrucian further possibilities of interpretation of the hermetic text have opened up and it was possible, using appropriately chosen viticulturists in seven different places in Italy, far from modern technologies, apply the acquired knowledge and obtain, after innumerable attempts, the seven alchemical wines of Fr. Gian Giacomo.
  • Eight

    Today we keep book and manuscripts in a safe place. Where is it? In the Rosary of the Philosophers, in which, without the right Key, you can not enter...

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