I was born two months after the 1947 vintage, memorable for the excellence in Barbera tastes. The fundamental decisions in my path have been taken thanks to excellent advisers that I have been able to listen, thus receiving incalculable profit. I have known and experienced the world of public research in national agriculture and abroad, I am happy to have caught the mark of my connatural. I tried to express the gratitude to my ancestors also through the commitment in the family business, a very important refreshment and source of many emotions.
Graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 1972, I immediately start my research activity at the Experimental Institute for Cereal Growing in Rome. Thanks to a CNR scholarship at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge (UK), I work on a research project on the genetic resistance of cereals.
Back in Italy, I enter as an experimenter at the Experimental Institute for Cereals and subsequently at the Experimental Institute for Viticulture of Conegliano Veneto, Asti site, of which I become director in 1989. From May 2008 to October 2009, I am appointed director of the Research Unit for Table Grapes and Viticulture in the Mediterranean environment (Bari). Since December 2009, I am a manager at the Oenology Research Center of Asti until the end of 2012.
I have carried out research in various sectors: aspects of the management of the vineyard and plants, vegetative-productive balance, climatic trends and behavior of vines and rootstocks in relation to the environments, the biological system of the vineyard in its complexity. I become research manager for various projects and coordinator of the Labter project on sustainable viticulture in the Cinque Terre National Park; member O.I.L.B. (International Organization for Biological and Integrated Fight) S.I.G.A. (Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics), Academic at Italian Academy of Vine and Wine. I have made many technical and study trips: France – Switzerland – Germany – Austria – Hungary – Croatia – Spain – Portugal – Chile – South Africa – U.K. – U.S.A.
I am the author and co-author of over 90 technical-scientific publications in the wine sector. Many collaborations with Italian and foreign institutions, regional administrations, consortia, producer associations, private companies and sector companies. I have always been attentive to agricultural productions more in harmony with the rural world, with particular attention to management with organic methods. I consider it fundamental to rethink the way of doing viticulture and oenology in Italy, and I support the need for greater respect for environmental and ethical values. Among these, certainly the commitment to the good use of renewable energy resources.
My thought is linked to the fundamental value of earthly capital and the surrounding environment, and its optimal use to increase the health value of its fruits. I represent the sixth generation of winemakers in Costigliole d’Asti; I have been managing the wine project of Fattoria La Maliosa since January 2013.
“The vineyard is
an architectural sculpture
inhabited by infinite balances
and dynamic harmonies
in each season,
day and moment”
1947 – 2021
Vigne, Vino, Vita:
i miei pensieri naturali
ho cercato sempre di non lasciarmi sfuggire i tuoi scritti. Nonostante mi siano sembrati spesso provocatori, utopistici, sono sempre ricchi di suggerimenti e di proposte, se pur difficili se non anche impossibili da realizzare. E quando dalla lettura ricavavo qualcosa di fattibile nei nostri vigneti, ecco che subito nella pubblicazione successiva tu alzavi l’asticella e l’obiettivo diventava ancora più lontano da raggiungere. Così, impropriamente, ho detto di te che sei un sognatore. Però ti riconosco il merito di avermi più di ogni altro costretto a riflettere sul modo che abbiamo di fare viticoltura. L’interpretazione dei tuoi sogni ha spronato me ed i viticoltori che ti leggono a cercare di fare meglio. Grazie Lorenzo, continua a scrivere.”