Even if many readers don’t remember (the younger generations – alas – certainly don’t), my career in wine at a professional level began between 1989 and 1990 as a wine taster.
First for Luigi Veronelli (until 1996), then for Vinum, until the early 2000s, then for l’Espresso, for which I edited the first two editions of the Guida ai Vini d’Italia. And not least for myself, with the independent newsletter Enogea.
Since 2007, I have complemented my reportage of wine and tastings with another old passion of mine, cartography, which over the years has become so prominent that today – as I said at the beginning – many wine enthusiasts know me only as a publisher of wine maps – alias MapMan.
This activity has brought me numerous awards, from The Wine Spectator to Jancis Robinson, and led to a collaboration with Vinous and Antonio Galloni, with whom I have been carrying out an ambitious project of mapping California for several years now.
The Langhe (Barolo and Barbaresco) are my exemplars, but I have mapped and explored many other regions, first and foremost Chianti Classico, not to neglect Valpolicella and Bordeaux.
All I’d like to add is that I’ve always been convinced that the true essence of journalism lies not in purveying opinions but in carrying out research and in-depth analysis, the fruits of which must be translated into information and content. Better if produced in the field.
To date, my books and maps are read in more than 30 countries around the world.
And that was another of my goals.