Barone Pizzini

Bp Franciacorta

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Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name and is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta.809733585bw

“Franciacorta” is the name of the territory and also refers to the production method (traditional method, refermentation in bottle) and the name of the wine, Franciacorta DOCG (Guaranteed and controlled denomination of origin).
In Franciacorta (land of excellent bubblies), Barone Pizzini was the first winery to adopt Organic Viticulture methods.

This choice was made in the mid nineties because it was considered an essential condition to have “live” vines, which give healthy grapes to make high-quality wines that are the complete expression of the terroir.
Organic Viticulture” means only using substances found in nature, or at least those that can be obtained by simple processes, no GMO, synthesised fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides to protect and feed the plants.

The choice ofOrganic Viticulture was then extended from the winery’s Franciacorta vineyards to the Marche and the Maremma.

361001350zbusku fsbwThe farms bearing the “Barone Pizzini” brand are part of an ambitious winegrowing project, whose confines extend outside Franciacorta, with alliances and projects aimed at small but quality production.
The founding partners of the project, with the employees and collaborators who work alongside them, all have in common the same passion for wine, their land and a challenge which combines development with respect for the person and the environment.

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Barone Pizzini has added other vineyards in suitable wine growing areas to its vineyards in Franciacorta (47 hectares, 27 of which are directly owned): the Pievalta estate in the Marche (29 directly owned hectares in two vineyards which are traditionally said to be among the best wine-growing areas in the Castelli di Jesi area) dedicated to making Verdicchio; the Poderi di Ghiaccioforte estate, in the Maremma, near Scansano (15 directly owned hectares, right next to an archaeological site which gives the estate its Etruscan name), where Sangiovese dominates and olive trees are cultivated to produce a limited edition of bottles from a selected cultivar.

There are currently 90 hectares managed, with a production of about 500,000 bottles: 340,000 in Franciacorta, 170,000 of which are bubblies, 100,000 in Tuscany and 66,000 in the Marche.

All the Barone Pizzini vineyards are now certified in accordance with Organic Viticulture production regulations and, in the case of the vineyards in the Marche, in accordance with the extremely strict Demeter standards for Biodynamic Certification.
marche3.jpgBarone Pizzini’s commitment also carries on afterwards, with working methods in the cellar directed at keeping intact all the characteristics that nature has bestowed on the grapes.
In 2006-2007 significant investments were made in Franciacorta to build the new cellar; 5,800 square metres, on three floors, using environmentally friendly architectural standards.

In Franciacorta, the Maremma and the Marche, the values that influence the choices made at the winery are based on respect for the person, both those who work in the cellar and fields on a daily basis and those who are going to drink the wines.
The choice to adopt Organic Viticulture methods was an inevitable consequence of the attention the winery pays to people’s health and the only possible tool for achieving the high
quality levels we set ourselves beforehand; both objective quality, which is the result of years of research and experience in the field, and tangible quality linked to conscious pleasure.
The constant search for balance between man and nature starts in the vineyard and is reflected in all the winery’s activities.

This makes Barone Pizzini feel like the promoter of a cultural approach, that goes from the vine to man: Vines & Organic Culture.

From 2010 the winery will be putting the wording “Zero Residues: No herbicides, fertilizers or synthesised pesticides” on the labels of all its organic wines.

A few incisive words to guarantee, without hesitation, the absence of residues of synthesized substances. It is not a declaration of intent, but a concrete and verifiable fact through
chemical analysis that can be consulted on
140 years of history, experience and attention towards man have led to this result , which today we see not only as a milestone but also as a further starting point in the
unstoppable path towards quality that we have undertaken.

The general and simplistic concept of quality could not remain just abstract for Barone Pizzini.
The consumer has a right to quality, which besides being linked to flavour, is also rational and empirical. We cannot avoid connecting quality with the commitment that a producing winery directs at respecting man and his environment. We can no longer afford to do this in 2010!” claims Silvano Brescianini, managing director and founding partner of the current ownership structure of the winery.
For more than ten years the winery has been committed to cultivating all its vineyards using organic viticulture methods, as a tool for guaranteeing the quality and typicity of its
wines. The international awards received in past years and public appreciation appear to proved us right in this choice right, which was originally taken with great difficulty and
with no similar examples in Italy to give us ideas and encouragement.

From Barone Pizzini to the Ferrari…
A curious note referring to the history of Ferrari’s prancing horse leads to Franciacorta and Baron Pizzini.
Baron Edoardo Pizzini Piomarta (1882-1966), father of Giulio, the last owner of the winery belonging to the noble family, was an officer in the Cavalry and vice commander of the famous Pinerolo Military School, still the select and elite corps of the infantry today.
In those days the commander of the school was Colonel Francesco Baracca, who became famous in history and in the news of the period as he belonged to the air force during the First World War.
Once Colonel Baracca had left the school, he maintained ties with it through a correspondence with Colonel Baron Edoardo Pizzini, who had taken over the command of the Cavalry School. A curious anecdote tells of Francesco Baracca’s fondness for a very lively horse that he had left at the regiment and which he asked Baron Pizzini information about.
Baron Pizzini sketched a prancing horse in the margin of the letter, with the note: “Your little horse is well but when you want to ride him he is always like this.” Francesco Baracca liked the sketch so much that used it as the symbol for his air squadron.
It is well-known that Enzo Ferrari was inspired by Francesco Baracca’s prancing horse for the logo of what has become the most prestigious car company in the world.
It takes a touch of presumption to claim that Barone Pizzini is a “Ferrari” in the wine sector. However, the story is true and it is a further stimulus for Barone Pizzini.

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