It is over 70 years now since Italian Prisoners of War who worked and lived in Australia for up to six years, left Australia for their homes in Italy. Their legacy is lasting in many ways and a poignant tribute is “Rabbits & Spaghetti” as is highlighted by the label below.
“Rabbit & Spaghetti” is a wine label from the vineyards of South Australia. This wine pays tribute to the Italian Prisoners of War who worked in the grape growing industry in the state.
The label reads: “As WWII swept across Northern Africa, the idyllic landscape of Australia’s wine regions must have seemed a strange place of incarceration for a prisoner of war. And yet this is where scores of captured Italian soldiers found themselves labouring on farms and vineyards in place of a generation of young men far away at war. Without this help many a grape grower could not have endured these times. In return for their labour, the farmers shared their homes and tables with their ‘prisoners’. Rabbit and spaghetti was a staple and from those shared meals, traditions and friendships were born that have outlasted the war.” (Naked Wines Australia Limited, 2014)
Rabbit & Spaghetti Label
(Naked Wines Australia Limited, 2014)
Rabbit and spaghetti was a well remembered meal made by the Italian prisoners of war on farms. Rabbit was also referred to as ‘underground mutton’.
Thank you so much for explaining the origin of the Rabbit and Spaghetti wine name. I am a wine collector and delight in learning as much as I can of the origins of wine names and their vintners.