ENRICO ALLIATA, THE DUKE OF SALAPARUTA, (1879-1946) was born in Sicily. He studied music at the Conservatory of Milan but eventually gave up music to study agriculture and run the family wine business.
In 1824, Enrico's great-grandfather, Giuseppe Alliata ( Prince of Villafranca, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire, Grandee of Spain, and Duke of Salaparuta ) founded the Corvo wine company to produce gifts for diplomats, ambassadors, princes, and noble ladies. Enrico later transformed the family vineyard into a successful international business.
Among many interests, Enrico Alliata was a dedicated student of diet and health. He wrote against the dietary orthodoxy of the day and advocated a vegetarian diet, which he believed could prolong human life to 130 years and which he called absolutely regenerative.
To Alliata, however, vegetarianism was no impediment to a good meal: he often hosted six-course vegetarian feasts, which he believed to be--along with the house wine--a solution to human happiness.