Barone Pizzini, one of the oldest in Franciacorta & an organic farming pioneer

Founded in 1870, Barone Pizzini is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta and it was the first estate in the appellation to practice organic farming. Ever since its conversion in the 1990s and the organic certification of all its vineyards in 2001, the winemaking team at Barone Pizzini has remained faithful to its belief … Read more

@KerinOKeefe: 92 points & “Editor’s Choice” Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Nature @WineEnthusiast

Barone Pizzini 2009 Nature (Franciacorta) 92 points “Editor’s Choice” Made from organically grown grapes, this impressive sparkler is made with no sugar or liqueur added. It has an expressive fragrance of white flowers and stone fruit, while the palate offers apple, citrus and roasted almond notes along with hints of spice. It’s a perfect apéritif … Read more

An interview with BP vineyard manager Pierluigi Donna

Barone Pizzini vineyard manager Pierluigi Donna was born and raised in the heart of Franciacorta and has worked with the winery group since 1998. He recently took time out from his work in the vineyards to chat (electronically) with blogmaster Jeremy Parzen. Jeremy Parzen (JP): Barone Pizzini is not a biodynamic estate. But you often … Read more

Healthy Verdicchio grapes in Castelli di Jesi

  In the image above, you can see how the Verdicchio berries are completing their growth. In a few weeks, the warm summer weather will prompt veraison (the onset of ripening) in a few weeks. Some bunches show signs of millerandage, in other words, variation in berry size. This is due to a cold and … Read more

Vini di Vignaioli: the organic & biodynamic grape growers fair in Parma

Above: The logo of the Vini di Vignaioli (Grape Grower Wines) fair gets straight to the point. Human + Grape Bunch = Wine. Week before last, the Pievalta winery poured its wines at the Vini di Vignaioli fair held outside of Parma. Vini di Vignaioli means “grape grower wines” and the concept behind the event … Read more

Pievalta: a profile of Castelli di Jesi’s first biodynamic grape grower

Above: Pievalta grape growers and winemakers, husband and wife, Alessandro Fenino and Silvia Loschi (image via WineStories.it). Pievalta: Biodynamic Pioneers in the Heart of Marches Wine Country “Biodynamic viticulture” denotes bringing life into the vineyards by helping the vines to re-activate the forces that allow them to interact with the sky and earth. At Pievalta, … Read more

Congratulations to incoming Franciacorta president Vittorio Moretti!

And congratulations also to Barone Pizzini’s CEO Silvano Brescianini who will serve as the consortium’s vice president… The following press release was issued by the Franciacorta Consortium today. Consorzio Franciacorta’s General Assembly appoints new President and Board CHANGE IN THE LEADERSHIP: VITTORIO MORETTI NEW FRANCIACORTA PRESIDENT   Vittorio Moretti (above) is the new President of … Read more

Pievalta brings home yet another prize with the Gambero Rosso Bere Bene Guide 2016

We are thrilled to announce that in a season in which Barone Pizzini and Pievalta have already delivered a tsunami of accolades, Pievalta has brought home yet another with a “best in quality-price ratio” award from the editors of the Gambero Rosso Bere Bene(Drink Well) guide 2016 for its 2014 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Superiore Dominé.

Barone Pizzini-Pievalta continues to sweep top Italian wine awards

Above: Barone Pizzini general manager Silvano Brescianini (right) presents a the Gambero Rosso 2014 “Animante Barone Pizzini” prize to Michelin-starred chef Stefano Masanti of the Ristorante Cantinone in Madesimo (Sondrio province, Lombardy). Stefano was recognized by the publication for his “devotion to the territory,” its food products, and local culinary traditions. It’s been quite a month for the Barone … Read more

What makes Franciacorta so geographically unique in the panorama of Italian wines?

Above: a Google Earth shot, looking north toward Lake Iseo from the Barone Pizzini winery (the small red dot). Franciacorta and its wines are entirely misunderstood in the U.S. It’s partly due to the way that the wines have been marketed here. But it’s also due to the fact that Franciacorta is still very young as … Read more