The Piccini family, now under the direction of the fifth generation, is one of Italy’s most renowned winemaking families. What started as one property in Chianti Classico grew to several estates throughout Tuscany, as well as wineries in Etna, Basilicata, and most recently, Piemonte. To mark this evolution, the Piccini family is now bringing these treasured estates together under one umbrella: Generazione Vigneti. Guided by the principle of “one vine, one territory,” this new structure creates a thread that weaves its way throughout Italy’s diverse terrain while tying these numerous estates together.
A History Based in Tuscany
The Piccini family cultivated vines as far back as 1882 but in 1995, fourth-generation Mario Piccini fell in love with, and acquired, what is now Fattoria di Valiano in Chianti Classico. The property, which was owned in the 1960s by Italian president Giovanni Gronchi, became the heart of Piccini family’s empire. Sandy and clay soils both drain and retain water, ensuring vines remained well-nourished during the growing season. Valiano’s varietal Sangiovese wines, cuvées with Bordeaux varieties, and Chardonnay led to international acclaim. Six years later, the Piccini family established Tenuta Moraia in the coastal appellation of Maremma. Thanks to the long stretches of warming sunshine and cooling maritime breezes, which fully ripen grapes while still retaining great acidity, it is an ideal area for cultivating expressive Sangiovese and Vermentino. Villa al Cortile in Montalcino, created in 2013, completed the Tuscan mosaic with its renowned Brunellos. The 30-acre property includes 20 acres of vines in Montesoli, a cooler area north of Montalcino that produces fruit with bright acidity. The balance resides in Lavacchio, just southwest of Montalcino, and the area’s radiant sunshine and hot breezes result in grapes with higher levels of concentration and aromas.
More of Italy Beckons
The Piccini family’s acquisition of two volcanic estates offers a different perspective of Italy’s diverse landscape: Regio Cantina, at the foot of Mount Vulture in Basilicata, highlights the indigenous grape Aglianico. Volcanic soils provide intense minerality and spice to the robust and tannic red variety. Meanwhile, Torre Mora in Mt. Etna shines a light on Nerello Mascalese and Carricante. With vines at 1482 to 1729 feet above sea level, grapes access the warming properties of the sun but cool down quickly in the evenings thanks to the large diurnal shifts.
Just last year, the Piccini family ventured into Piemonte for the first time and will embark on a new enterprise with the renowned “Porta Rossa” cellar in the Langhe. It will be another opportunity to share Italy’s dynamic wine landscape, this time through Nebbiolo, with the world.
Sustainability and Innovation for a New Generation
The fifth generation—Ginevra, Benedetta, and Michelangelo Piccini—as well as winemakers Alessandro Barabesi and Pasquale Presutto, realized the evolution of the family company required an innovative outlook. Along with unifying all the estates under “Generazione Vigneti,” they elevated the company’s longstanding mantra — “one vine, one territory”— to serve as the guiding principle. Every decision, whether in the vineyard or cellar, is meant to respect the nuances of the land and produce terroir-expressive wines.
Sustainability has always been at the forefront of Piccini family’s work; many vineyards are certified organic under the Equalitas certification, farmed organically, or in conversion. The viticulture team eschews the use of herbicides and pesticides, preferring instead to implement cutting-edge methods such as introducing parasite-eating insects into the vineyards. They fertilize with organic material and through the planting of cover crops, enhance the nutrients in the soils. Beyond the vineyard, the Piccinis consider the social and economic impacts of their business and how they can better affect the broader communities around the estates.
Innovation also plays a central role in their work. The oenologists and viticulturists continually conduct research and experiments to help them understand the terroir on a deeper level. At Valiano, for example, soil mapping allows the team to farm parcel by parcel and coax out each site’s unique qualities.
Through all of these practices, the Piccini family is ensuring their legacy for generations to come. To learn more about the Piccini Family and the Generazione Vigneti, click here.
Last Updated: May 16, 2023