Bassano del Grappa is my hometown, and also marks the start of my career. After attaining my degree in Agriculture at the University of Padua, I attended a Masters course run by Attilio Scienza in San Michele dell’Adige (TN), which thanks to one of the modules gave me the opportunity to experience the diversity of wine production in many areas in Italy, one of them being Montalcino.
That’s how I started my adventure in Tuscany which was only supposed to last a couple of months, though, as is sometimes the way with these things, is still going on after more than thirty years ! In the beginning, I had the opportunity to work with several wineries ranging from ‘Soldera’,‘Case Basse’ and ‘Poggio Antico’ to ‘Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona’, and from 1988 to 1996 I was responsible for attaining many of their successful goals in the global markets.
In 1995 together with Miki Biasion and Tiziano Siverio, two friends from Bassano del Grappa, I realized my project of ‘La Fiorita’. Our estate has grown from an area of 0,5 hectares to an area of 9 hectares in a mere ten years. Our company has become more and more important and at that point in 2011 we had been collaborating with our two esteemed partners for more than five years.
In 2016 I decided to leave the company in order to dedicate my attention to a new and personal project regarding‘Brunello di Montalcino’. I created my own personal consisting of a cru of 1998 Sangiovese and a converted farmhouse I named ‘Poggio al Sole’.
In subsequent years I worked as a consultant for both national and international companies, the former located in twenty regions in Italy, the latter in Croatia, Brazil, Spain (Mallorca, Ribera del Duero, Jumilla), Romania, America (CA), Turkey, Slovakia, Chile, and above all else in Argentina (Mendoza and Cafajate).
In 1999 in collaboration with my close friend and business partner, Santiago Achaval, I achieved the prestigious project ‘Matervini’ in Argentina. I also collaborated with Galvao Bueno on his ‘Bellavista Estate’ in Bagè, Brazil.
In 1999 I founded ‘Winemaking’, a company comprising of six professionals consultants, who helped many national and international enterprises collect important information for the education project ‘La scuola della vite e del vino’ (‘The School of Grape and Wine’).
In 2001 I founded ‘Winecircus’, a winery and laboratory for research and development. We worked hard and were very successful being able to transform the old headquarters, which had initially been a garage and then olive oil press and former factory into a new and fascinating center of operations. As has often happened in my career, I rebuilt what I had found giving it a new dimension . Thanks to this opportunity I now have at my disposal grapes of a particular quality as well as an experimental winery.
‘Winecircus’ is able to makes research of a singular quality within the oenological field, in collaboration with the Universities of Padua, Turin, Venice, Pisa, Udine and Palermo.
In 2015 this research culminated in the formulation of the brand ‘Cipresso 43’.
Its aim is to enhance native grapes which lie on the 43rd North Parallel (which runs across three of the most important oenological regions in Italy, such as Marche, Umbria and Tuscany), thanks to the concept of the ‘widespwread terroir’ . This managerial and administrative approach developed in conjunction with my brother Gianfranco was a great idea, I had been thinking about it since 1995 and it is still in progress, that is in ‘La Quadratura del Cerchio’ (‘The Squaring of the circle’) .