Franciacorta harvest update 2013: ideal conditions for Chardonnay

On the above photo, taken yesterday, Barone Pizzini agronomist Pierluigi Donna notes: These Chardonnay berries have reached their nearly definitive size. Soon, over the course of a few weeks, véraison (the onset of ripening) will begin: they will begin to change color, from green to bright yellow, and they will begin to become softer....

What is preparation 500? #biodynamics

Cow horn manure preparation 500 What is it? It’s fresh cow manure that has been placed in a cow horn and buried in the fall until being unearthed in the spring. How is it used? When it is sprayed, it bolsters the life of the soil and the roots of...

Barone Pizzini brings home Espresso “Excellence” prize… again!

Above, from left: Chef Bobo Cerea of Da Vittorio, Chef Vito Mollica of Il Palagio (Four Seasons), Chef Chicco Cerea of Da Vittorio, and Barone Pizzini CEO Silvano Brescianini. Once again, Barone Pizzini has brought home an “Excellence” award from the Espresso restaurant and wine guide, arguably Italy’s top accolade...

Barone Pizzini takes home a snail award in Slow Wine Guide 2016

We are pleased to announce that, once again, Barone Pizzini has brought home a Snail (Chiocciola) award with the publication of the 2016 Slow Wine Guide. Here’s how the editors of the guide describe the meaning of the Snail award: The “Snail” [or “Chiocciola” in Italian] is awarded to a winery...

Barone Pizzini 3,500 meters atop Mt. Adamello (Lombardy)

From the department of “extreme wine”… Sent today from a fan of and friend to the Barone Pizzini winery… Barone Pizzini Bagnadore DOCG Pas Dose Riserva at 3,500 meters, atop Mt. Adamello (a peak in the Adamello-Presanella Alps).

Franciacorta Featured on Terroirist Blog

Last week US-based writer Isaac James Baker published a brief but excellent primer on Franciacorta featuring Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Animante Brut, Satén, Rosé and Brut Bagnadore. Read the full article here.

Barone Pizzini creator of the Ferrari horse & friend to the “ace of aces”

He was called the “ace of aces” and was one of the most famous aviators of World War I: Francesco Baracca (1888-1918), “the Prancing Horse,” author of 34 aerial victories during “the great war,” and one of the most celebrated wartime figures of the era. As a young cavalry officer...

Franciacorta harvest has begun

A note from Barone Pizzini manager and Franciacorta Consortium vice president Silvano Brescianini: This year, in terms of the number of grape bunches and their average weight, yields won’t be high due to the sharp drop in nighttime temperatures during the delicate phase of flowering. For the 2,800 hectares authorized...