In the early 2000s, Franco Ziliani, owner of the Guido Berlucchi winery and pioneer-creator in the early 1960s of Classic Method sparkling wines in the Franciacorta growing area, took up the challenge of putting down roots in the newly-emerging Bolgheri area in coastal Tuscany, with the goal of joining the ranks of truly world-class red wines.
The arrow finally hit home after he walked the San Biagio vineyard, a splendidly-sited plot of vines in Bolgheri that enjoys a magnificent view of the Tyrrhenian sea. His response was the purchase the Tenuta Caccia al Piano in 2003.
A determination to patiently achieve a complete understanding of the complex Bolgheri terroir, and to respect what had been achieved by the great winemakers and producers who had already brought renown to this corner of the winemaking universe, had been from the very beginning among Franco Ziliani’s guiding principles, and that same determination now inspires his children, Cristina, Arturo, and Paolo.
The Tenuta lies in Bolgheri, a village in the commune of Castagneto Carducci. The ancient hunting preserve, dating back to 1868 and belonging to the noble Della Gherardesca family, was re-organized and the rural residence enlarged and transformed into the current winery complex, all with scrupulous respect paid to historical and environmental principles.