Elisabetta Fagiuoli

elizabetta fagiuoli with one of her winesElisabetta came to Montenidoli (mountain of the little nests) with her partner Sergio and their nine children in 1965. They were drawn by the spirituality of the gold-backed Madonnas with Child painted by the 13th & 14th century Sienese Masters and the vineyards that were abandoned and overgrown with brambles as well as the olive trees that had gone wild.

Elisabetta was born with the land in her blood. Her family cultivated vines and olive trees in Custoza, not far from Verona, since the 1700s. In her childhood, she loved to wander in the Valpolicella vineyards.

Following her family tradition, she respects the land and works exclusively with organic methods. She doesn’t do it because it’s fashionable but because she believes that’s how it should be done. She will use copper and sulphur only when absolutely necessary to fight parasites. She believes sunlight and clean air are the best medicine to make the vines healthy, strong, resistant to disease as well as to bad weather.

She planted her vineyards with indigenous varietals: Vernaccia, San Gimignano’s historic white grape, and also Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano Gentile, and Malvasia Bianca, the traditional grapes of Chianti.

Her first wine was born in a great vintage — 1971.

Sergio passed away in 2012. In his honor, Elisabetta created the Sergio the Patriarch foundation, which helps troubled youth and elderly people in need.