Franciacorta, a history by Darrell Corti (part 1)

Above: American “national treasure” Darrell Corti in Los Angeles in late 2012 with Wolfgang Puck. The following is the first part of our series devoted to the History of Franciacorta by Darrell Corti, one of the leading authorities on Italian wine in the U.S. ***** It was 1964. The vintage...

Reply first flowers are a sign that the soil has returned to life

A note from the Barone Pizzini agronomist Pierluigi Donna: Here are the first flowers that announce the vine’s upcoming production. It’s a very delicate phase in which the interaction between all the essences present in the soil and the biodiversity of the organisms become active again after the winter break....

Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?

Above: A photo taken recently of vineyards at Pievalta in Castelli di Jesi. Is the grass on the other side of the fence really greener? I often ask myself this when I see vineyards, where a certain hierarchy is in place, where the grass is cut low like an English lawn...

Barone Pizzini & Pievalta at @FelidiaNYC

Above: Ever since it opened in 1981, Felidia in New York City has been a pioneer, leader, and benchmark for Italian fine dining in the U.S. and throughout the world (image by The Purple Passport). It’s difficult to overestimate the impact that Lidia Bastianich has had on gastronomic culture in...

Profiles: Pievalta winemaker and founder Alessandro Fenino

Above: Pievalta founder and winemaker Alessandro Fenino (left) and his wife Silvia Loschi. Pievalta winemaker Alessandro Fenino’s road to a life in wine is as unlikely as it is spectacular. He was born in a working-class neighborhood in the outskirts of Milan, where enology and the world of wine were as foreign...

Profiles: Silvano Bresciani, general manager Barone Pizzini & Pievalta

Barone Pizzini general manager Silvano Brescianini was born in 1967 in Erbusco (province of Brescia), in the heart of Franciacorta. Silvano’s grandfather was a local farmer and winemaker and he produced wine in Erbusco long before Franciacorta was recognized as one of the world’s leading appellations for classic method sparkling wines. After...

Pievalta: Vineyard and Winery Tours

To book a vineyard and winery tour at Pievalta, please email general manager Silvia Loschi by clicking here. A journey from the vine to the glass. Visiting the Pievalta winery means experiencing our hospitality and the beauty of our appellation. It means “breathing in” our winery, the first in the...