Born in Tuscany, the land dedicated to Chianti Classico, I completed classical studies at secondary school and gained a degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florence with a dissertation on clonal selection of Sangiovese.
My first work experience was at the (hitherto unknown) Fattoria Le Pupille in Maremma. In 1981 I was given the role of manager of Antinori’s Chianti Classico companies, gaining experience in vinification and ageing with Solaia and Tignanello.
In 1995 I became a freelance consultant in several countries including Turkey, Montenegro, USA, Georgia, Hungary and of course Italy.
In 2001 I became a designated oenologist, according to Italian Law No. 129.
After more than 15 years working for companies as an individual consultant, in 2001 I felt prompted to engage with personalities and knowledge different from my own to enrich me, both professionally and personally. This was how Aminea came about. This experience continues to grow on a daily basis in professional and personal relationships in the face of new challenges with an increasingly global focus.
After more than 25 harvests, we take forward the knowledge that in union there is strength.
Co-author of the book Terroir - Zonazione - Viticoltura (‘Terroir, Zonation,Viticulture’), 2004.
Member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.
Member of IASA (International Academy of Sensory Analysis).
Member of the technical committee of “Vignevini” magazine.
In 1995 invited speaker for the University of California, Davis, at the international conference on clonal selection in Oregon.
In 1996 invited speaker at the Civifruce (Regional centre for the increase of wine, fruit and cereal farming) conference on vineyard mechanization.
In 1999 invited speaker at the Universo Merlot conference of ERSA, the regional body for agriculture and development.
In 2002 invited speaker at the Institute of Masters of Wine symposium in Vienna themed "The Changing Face of Wine".
In 2004 invited speaker at the conference on Sangiovese by the Municipality of Terricciola.
In 2005 invited speaker at the international symposium on Sangiovese by the Region of Tuscany.
In 2007 invited speaker at the ARSIA (Regional Agency for Development and Innovation in Agriculture and Forestry) ‘viticulture days’.
In 2008 invited speaker with Danny Schuster at the conference on foliage management by the Italian Wine Union in Milan.
In 2009 and 2010 participation in conferences by winemakers’ association EuVite in Cirò Marina, Calabria, on the sensory analysis of grapes.
Co-author of the book Il gaglioppo e i suoi fratelli (‘Gaglioppo and his brothers’).