Silvano Brescianini’s Journey from Sommelier to General Manager


Barone Pizzini General Manager and Vice President Silvano Brescianini was born in 1967 in Erbusco (province of Brescia), in the heart of Franciacorta. Silvano grew up on his grandfather’s farm where they produced artisanal wine.

After completing the prestigious FISAR sommelier program in 1982, Silvano completed his studies in hotel and restaurant management at the Hotelier School in Iseo the following year. Silvano gained important experience and became assistant sommelier at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Ezio Santin’s Antica Osteria del Ponte in Cassinetta di Lugagnano, one of only four restaurants in Italy to hold a Michelin star at that time.

In 1989, Silvano went into business with friends and bought a restaurant piano bar in Erbusco where they earned an award as one of the eight best restaurants in Brescia.

Silvano joined Barone Pizzini in 1991 to oversee the opening of the estate’s new restaurant. Tragically, in 1994, unforeseen tragedy struck when Silvano’s friend and business partner at Barone Pizzini was killed in a car accident. That same year, Silvano became the winery’s production director.

Surprised and taken aback by the chemical sprays and herbicide used in vineyards, Silvano was inspired to experiment with organic farming methods. These efforts led to Barone Pizzini becoming the first certified organic winery in Franciacorta in 2001.

According the Silvano, “When we began, nobody had produced organic vineyards in Franciacorta, so we had to learn from our own mistakes. We kept saying, ‘Yes we can, yes we must!’ I’m lucky because I have an amazing job in a beautiful place with extraordinary staff and friends. No job can be better. Barone Pizzini is proud to be a pioneer in this growing field of organic farming.”


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