The World of Ti­nazzi

50 years of Ital­ian ex­per­tise, from Veneto to Puglia


We were so poor that we were just about to sell the chairs”. This is the star­tling rec­ol­lec­tion of com­pany pres­i­dent, Gian An­drea Ti­nazzi, about the be­gin­ning of his ca­reer, when he was only 18 years old and, to­gether with his fa­ther Eu­ge­nio, had started to pro­duce wine in a tiny base­ment in the vil­lage of Cavaion Veronese, not far from Verona. Gian An­drea was very young but he was al­ready driven by a strong en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit. 50 years af­ter its foun­da­tion in 1968, Gruppo Ti­nazzi has grown into an es­tab­lished busi­ness with cel­lars and es­tates in Veneto and Puglia. The fam­ily in­volve­ment is still fun­da­men­tal: Gian An­drea’s chil­dren, Gior­gio and Francesca, now as­sist him in the en­ter­prise.

Ti­nazzi’s roots in the Veneto re­gion: Bar­dolino and Valpo­li­cella

De­spite its ex­pan­sion to­wards the “heel of the boot”, the Ti­nazzi fam­ily is still very much rooted in the Veneto, its land of ori­gin. The head­quar­ters of the com­pany is lo­cated in Lazise, on the shores of Lake Garda. Here, the na­tive grapes of the re­gion are vini­fied us­ing the most ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies. Vis­i­tors are wel­come: the win­ery opens its doors to wine pro­fes­sion­als and wine lovers, who can visit the premises and taste the wines.

Ex­pan­sion in the Veneto came in 1986, when the fam­ily pur­chased the en­chant­ing Tenuta Valle­selle es­tate, lo­cated on the hills flank­ing Lake of Garda in the small town of Bar­dolino, from a com­mu­nity of lo­cal fri­ars. Af­ter care­ful restora­tion, the es­tate has been ded­i­cated to hos­pi­tal­ity. Wine lovers can walk through the olive groves, visit the vine­yards and at­tend cour­ses on Ital­ian cui­sine.

An­other re­cent Ti­nazzi ac­qui­si­tion is Poderi Cam­popian, a wine­mak­ing es­tate in Sant’ Am­bro­gio di Valpo­li­cella. This size­able in­vest­ment is the home of the clas­sico premium red wines of the area. The vine­yards stand out at an al­ti­tude of more than 600 me­ters (2,000 feet) above sea level, where Verona’s na­tive grapes – Corv­ina, Moli­nara and Rondinella – ben­e­fit from ex­cel­lent ex­po­sures to the sun and ex­press their best qual­ity.

De­vel­op­ing this still fur­ther in 2015, Ti­nazzi has opened a win­ery premises in Sant’Am­bro­gio di Valpo­li­cella to max­i­mize the pro­duc­tion of the red wines of the De­nom­i­na­tion ac­cord­ing to the ap­pas­si­mento tech­nique. The best bunches are care­fully se­lected dur­ing har­vest, put on spe­cial trays for dry­ing, and left in a dry­ing room un­til the fol­low­ing Jan­uary be­fore they are destemmed and crushed.

The Puglian world of Ti­nazzi: from pioneers to es­tab­lished pro­duc­ers

The fam­ily es­tates lo­cated in Puglia are no less re­mark­able. In the early 2000s,

Gian An­drea Ti­nazzi vis­ited the Sa­lento penin­sula and, fas­ci­nated by the typ­i­cal “al­berello” (bush vine) vine­yards of the re­gion, he was quick to un­der­stand the po­ten­tial of Prim­i­tivo and other tra­di­tional grape va­ri­eties. The re­sult was the pur­chase of the Feudo Croce coun­try es­tate in Carosino, near Taranto. Over the years, more vine­yards have been planted and an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem us­ing in­no­va­tive wa­ter col­lect­ing tech­niques, now play­ing a cru­cial role in viti­cul­ture, has been in­stalled. Feudo Croce is open to vis­i­tors, who can en­joy tast­ings and visit a mu­seum of pho­to­graphic im­ages about the wine­mak­ing process. The es­tate’s flag­ship wine, Prim­i­tivo “Im­pe­rio LXXIV”, has been voted one of the Top 100 Wines of the World by Wine Spec­ta­tor mag­a­zine for two years run­ning, as well as win­ning many other awards.

In 2011, Ti­nazzi took over Can­tine San Gior­gio, a wine co­op­er­a­tive in the ter­ri­tory of Sa­lento. The fam­ily de­cided to in­vest in this busi­ness – which has be­come the pro­duc­tion cen­ter for all the Ti­nazzi wines in Puglia - with the aim of re­vi­tal­iz­ing lo­cal wine pro­duc­tion and en­hanc­ing the po­ten­tial of indige­nous grape va­ri­eties.

Gian An­drea Ti­nazzi with his chil­dren, Gior­gio and Francesca

Top: Tenuta Valle­selle in the Veneto; left: Feudo Croce in Puglia; be­low: Can­tine San Gior­gio, also in Puglia

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