The (newly updated) Barone Pizzini timeline

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Above: In 2007, the Barone Pizzini winery opened its new bioarchitecture winemaking facility and hospitality center.

1870 – The Pizzini, a noble family from Rovereto, a vibrant and sophisticated province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, arrives in Franciacorta during the turbulent 1840s. It founds Amministrazione Agricola Pizzini, an agricultural enterprise. Its patriarch is Baron Giulio Pizzini Piomarta Von Thurberg (1847-1911).

1910 – Baron Edoardo Pizzini Piomarta (1882-1966), then commander of the Pinerolo Cavalry School, draws “the prancing horse” in a letter sent to Francesco Baracca. It would later become the symbol of Ferrari automobiles.

1931 – Barone Edoardo Pizzini Piomarta Delle Porte registers the family’s business with the Brescia Chamber of Commerce.

1962 – Barone Giulio Pizzini Piomarta Delle Porte (1916-1995) is among the first ten signatories of the charter of the Brescian winemakers consortium, today known as Ente Vini Bresciani.

1967 – Franciacorta is recognized as an official Italian appellation. Barone Pizzini is among the first wineries to be registered in the newly created DOC (“designation of controlled origin”).

1991 – Local wine entrepreneurs get involved with the estate. They found the basis for the current winery. Their focus is the people behind the wines, the environment, and the appellation.

1998 – The winery begins experimenting with organic grape-growing.

2000 – The winery begins investing in other appellations: in Scansano in Maremma and in Maiolati Spontini in Castelli di Jesi in the Marches.

2001 – The process begins for the organic certification of the vineyards.

2006 – The first organic-certified Franciacorta is produced (Satèn 2004).

2007 – The new bioarchitecture winery is opened.

2009 – Demeter grants biodynamic grape-growing certification to Pievalta, the group’s property in the Marches.

2011 – The winery joins the Ita.ca project. Its scope is that of reducing the winery group’s greenhouse gas emissions.

2012 – The International Wine Challenge calls the winery’s Franciacorta Rosé the best organic wine in the world.

2015 – The winery receives the Gambero Rosso “Special Prize for Sustainable Viticulture.”

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