SINCE 1870, OUR TRAVEL JOURNAL HAS BEEN SEARCHING FOR “ZERO RESIDUES”.
The history of a winery is considered by all to be an important heritage of tradition, knowledge and experience; but today we could not be proud of this milestone if it didn’t represent the completion of a journey, or perhaps even the fulfilment of a destiny, that today allows us to drink only the fruit of a respected nature from our glasses and our way of loving that nature, which consists oflistening in the vineyard and respect in the cellar.
We have allowed ourselves to be led, one generation after another, by an imaginary thread, or rather, by roots sunk deep down in our land that urge us to respect the life of that extraordinary microcosm that makes every territory unique. Today, this story of research, commitment, hard work, study, concern and satisfaction, culminates in a goal, or rather a pure wine, devoid of any residue foreign to nature.
He was called the “ace of aces” and was one of the most famous aviators of World War I:
Francesco Baracca (1888-1918), “the Prancing Horse,” author of 34 aerial victories during
“the great war,” and one of the most celebrated wartime figures of the era.
As a young cavalry officer in training at the Scuola di Cavalleria (Cavalry School) in Pinerolo township (Piedmont), he befriended Baron Edoardo Pizzini Piomarta Delle Porte (1882-1966), founder of the Barone Pizzini winery. Some time after Baracca became fascinated with aviation and abandoned horsemanship to become one of the most decorated “fly aces” of early aerial combat, he wrote to his friend Edoardo, inquiring about a favorite horse at the school. In response, the young Baron sent him a sketch of the “prancing horse”: the cavallino rampante or horse rampant, a symbol of courage and ferocity borrowed from European heraldry, a rich tradition with which the Baron was surely intimately familiar. “Your horse is fine,” wrote the Baron in the note that accompanied the sketch, “but whenever someone tries to mount him, this is what he does.” Baracca was so attached to the horse that he decided to have the drawing reproduced on the side of his aircraft (a Nieuport 11, nicknamed Bébé in aviator parlance). And thus was born the legend of the prancing horse, one of the most enduring icons of the era between the two world wars (“Un’eredità Lombarda” Franca Pizzini ed. Gabriele Mazzotta).
“As stated by the scholar and popularizer of Mozart, Rudolf Angermuller, among various trips that Mozart made with his father between 1769 and 1772, is a visit to Baron Pizzini in Rovereto, whose drawing room was often frequented by important personages from the intellectual world of the period.”
The Pizzini, a noble family from Rovereto, a cosmopolitan 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).
Dopo il 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. (From Un’eredità Lombarda by Franca Pizzini, edited by Gabriele Mazzotta).
Baron Edoardo Pizzini Piomarta builds the Franciacorta Golf Club in the verdant setting of Corte Franca township.
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”).
Some 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.
The winery begins investing in other appellations: in Scansano in Maremma and in Maiolati Spontini in Castelli di Jesi in the Marches.