The winery today
My own avocation began to take shape very slowly in the early 1990s, with local zonation research, and with the first vintage of a monovarietal Sangiovese in 1995. Successively, I took over the reins of the business from my father. Since 1997 I have I have had as my colleague my companion Eva Bellagamba, who made the heroic decision to share this project of mine and sacrifice her own future as an architect.
I think that I can say that the patience and caution that I showed in undertaking the studies of the local environment were the real key to all of the work that I have done since.
The most important results, in chronological order, are:
– an in-depth understanding of the vineyards here, which had previously been farmed rather primitively;
– the selection of two local sangiovese clones, which I am still using today for wine production;
– the decision to increase plantings of the malvasia nera grape (which has always been sangiovese’s faithful “travelling companion”);
– and finally the discovery of the unexpected presence at San Miniato of the fabulous grape variety that we now know is tempranillo.
The history of my winery begins well before I was born, in the early 1950s to be exact. That was when my grandfather was successful in purchasing the lands that he, along with his family, had already been working for some time, but as a sharecropper on the estate of the Marchesi Ridolfi family.
My family was in fact one of the first in Tuscany to free themselves from the then-prevalent sharecropping system, and that made possible the founding of the present PIETRO BECONCINI AGRICOLA. Under my grandfather, it was an agricultural operation that produced a variety of products; under my father’s direction, on the other hand, it became strictly a viticultural and winemaking estate.
The winery tomorrow
There are two fundamental rules in my work, consistency with past decisions, and humility in the process of a continuing desire to learn. These values often contradict each other: the increase in knowledge impels me to make changes that faithfulness to the direction already taken would prevent. I strongly believe that finding the correct balance between these two principles, and paying close attention to our environment and to the vines we grow, will allow us to enjoy the finest possible growth for our winery.