The winery is named after the Avignonesi family, the founders of the original estate.

Constant research and development aimed at expressing the true character of the Montepulciano terroir has, over time, earned the winery a well-deserved place among the flagship producers of Tuscany.

In 2009, Avignonesi was acquired by Virginie Saverys who has since introduced organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft distinct, genuine wines with an even stronger character, and has acquired additional vineyards and a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the Montepulciano appellation.

We believe that the life force of the earth and the uniqueness of our terroir are at the heart of our brand. Avignonesi is reborn from the soil of our vineyards with each vintage in wines that mirror the subtle flavours of the site and the special traits of each year. Our wines express the richness and beauty of the Montepulciano territory. We respect the heritage of Montepulciano, where Sangiovese wines have been produced for centuries, and we wish to contribute to its future by being the finest representative of its heritage that we can be.

We respect the innate character of each wine and seek to follow its natural evolutionary path from the soil to the cellar and - finally - to the bottle.

 

“Healthier wines for healthier people, but also a healthier land
and a healthier environment to pass on to future generations.”

Virginie Saverys

 

Virginie was born in Ghent, Belgium and graduated in law from the University of Paris in 1983. Virginie was brought up in a family that always enjoyed fine wines and, as a wine lover, decided to invest in the Avignonesi winery in 2007, after having retired from her highly successful legal career and moving to Tuscany. In 2009 she bought the whole of Avignonesi with the intention of taking a winery already recognised for its quality, innovative research and experimentation to a new level of excellence.

She is a strong believer in organic products and homeopathic medicine, so converting the winery to sustainable farming methods was a natural choice. Her aim at Avignonesi is to produce wines which do not only mirror the distinct identity of the terroir of Montepulciano, but wines which are healthier for her customers, healthier for the land and therefore for future generations.

 

 

Avignonesi people

Winemakers

Giampaolo Chiettini

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"A genuine and authentic wine does not need to be constantly tested and improved, only enjoyed."

Giampaolo, our consultant winemaker, has worked in every major wine region in the world and is a font of wisdom and knowledge. He is a graduate of the highly renowned San Michele all’Adige Agricultural School in the province of Trento. His philosophy about wine is as reassuringly calm and generous as he is: “do not disturb - the wine knows which path to take."

Matteo Giustiniani

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"I want my wine to reflect the ‘terroir’ as much as possible, to be unique and delicious."

Florentine by birth, Matteo’s sensitivity to the terroir is reflected by the wineries at which he chose to start his career. He studied oenology and viticulture at the University of Florence and later gained a Master in Oenology from the University of Bordeaux, where he also improved his knowledge of vineyards and wine while working for a number of prestigious wineries.

Ashleigh Seymour

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"When Virginie Saverys gave me the opportunity to stay at Avignonesi after my internship, I jumped at the chance."

Working at Avignonesi gives Ashleigh the opportunity to combine new world winemaking techniques with the traditions of the old world. She attended Australia’s most respected winemaking and viticulture university, the University of Adelaide. Extensive and varied experience in Australia and European wineries have given her a true understanding of terroir.

Agronomists

Adriano Zago

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"Virginie Saverys asked me to help her to convert Avignonesi to biodynamics, a challenge that was as difficult as it was stimulating."

Adriano’s expertise and commitment have helped us to move successfully to biodynamic methods across the entire winery. His work experience in New Zealand, India and France have helped him to understand that the biodynamic method, wherever it is employed, should be simple, practical, efficient and in sync with the natural biorhythms of a given place.
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Alessio Gorini

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"The spirit of innovation and curiosity which characterizes the Avignonesi team has proved a perfect fit for me."

Born in Pistoia, Alessio has worked and studied in some of the most important wine areas in the world, including Bordeaux, Burgundy and New Zealand, where he has developed a very personal vision of what biodynamic viticulture entails.

He defines himself a “foot-soldier of the vine”, and believes that an agronomist is only as good as his ability to observe nature: how the vines react under different growing conditions, how they respond to weather changes, the air one breathes in the vineyards. This is knowing your terroir. Alessio joined Avignonesi in early 2014. 

Piero Luciani

piero_portrait.jpg "Virginie has offered me a challenge: to produce a genuine, healthy, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly product. This task inspires me each day to do my very best."

Piero started his career in winemaking at a family-run wine producer in Lucca. He then worked for many years as chief agronomist in a large, multinational wine producer with vineyards in Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano, allowing him to accrue experience and insight into the complexities of vineyard management. In 2013 he joined the Avignonesi team, where he rediscovered a family spirit and a company that is dedicated to its workers, nature, and the art of making wine.

 

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