My arrival in Castagneto Carducci is “coincidental.” I came from Varese, and I was on vacation with my dad, an engineer, Sardinian surname and chromosomes, and my mother, a teacher, when I received a job offer from the owner of a local farm. . I had just enrolled at the University of Agriculture of Milan (I graduated four years later in Pisa) and immediately with my first internship in October 74, I started with the harvest! My job was cleaning, serving the most humble tasks, watching and more watching, studying and working.
I learned many aspects of agriculture, I learned that the land becomes hard when the wind blows; that there will be bad weather when the swallows fly low. I learned the cycle of the plant and why in certain areas of the field, plants struggle and in others, they do not. I learned that the peasant culture is an immense patrimony of unity with nature and patient respect of reality.
I decided to ride the wave of a boundless passion to start my own business and I took some old vines and their old cellar for rent. In the '83 the first harvest, and from that day on, a story that has grown step-by-step with the history of Bolgheri (1984 is the year of foundation of the Bolgheri DOC). I planted my first vineyard in ‘91 and then purchased the land that I could and I felt right to be able to make wine, from the grapes I had planted and produce my own bottles. In those years my experience grew not only of the land but also of the international wine culture, and I began travelling abroad. This widened knowledge and comparisons.
My wife Lucia joined me in this adventure and, along with the company's history, shared with me the growth of a beautiful and large family: infact six children were born, five daughters and one son.
Now two of them, Giacomo and Benedetta, curious and passionat, are personally part of this company: on the path of tradition while looking at the new, the journey of the second generation begins!
Visit and Tasting Bolgheri -> € 40
Indicative duration 90 minutes
Immersed in the beautiful landscape of Castagneto Carducci, the tour starts with the story of a man, Michele, his family, and their history of wine production. To follow a description of the grapes, the vineyard’s microclimate and the soil characteristics of the area. The journey continues with the visit in the historic rock cellar and ends pleasantly sitting on the panoramic terrace with a wine tasting accompanied by Tuscan bread with olive oil of the estate. Wines: Michè, Costa di Giulia, Bolgheri Rosso, Piastraia
Visit and Tasting Selezioni -> € 90
Indicative duration 120 minutes
Immersed in the beautiful landscape of Castagneto Carducci, the tour starts with the story of a man, Michele, his family, and their history of wine production. To follow a description of the grapes, the vineyard’s microclimate and the soil characteristics of the area.
The journey continues with the visit in the historic rock cellar where the guest can reach the heart of the winery with an exclusive tasting of wines taken directly from the barriques and two old vintages selected from the limited reserve of the winery.
To conclude, pleasantly sitting on the panoramic terrace, the guest will taste all top wines of the estate including the latest ``Marianova`` result of the selection of Vignanova grapes, an excellent vineyard of the winery. Wines: Costa di Giulia, Giovin Re, Piastraia, Cavaliere, Marianova