Welcome to Episode 1445 in which Marc Millon interviews Francesca Seralvo in today’s episode of Wine, Food & Travel
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The story of the Mazzolino Tenuta began about forty years ago with Francesca’s grandfather Enrico when, on one of his travels, was seduced by an area that everyone already called “the Pinot Noir hill.”
Two of his great friends, Luigi Veronelli and Giacomo Bologna helped him to embark on this journey; they noticed right away the potential of the white, chalky lands surrounding the winery, land that the French had discovered had a vocation for Pinot Noir back in the mid-19th century, when it was still “Old Piedmont.” They began from the very beginning to get the rootstocks and the best wood for aging directly from Bourgogne. In the meantime, Francesca’s mother, Sandra, had thrown herself in with her usual determination, running the winery and never missed an opportunity to take Francesca with her to Mazzolino. She couldn’t wait to leave because she knew she would spend whole days among the vineyards, the roses in the garden, the animals in the yard, including the ducks, chickens, donkeys and horses.
In 2015 Francesca began to write a new history for the Tenuta implementing it with all the teachings she received from her grandfather and enriching it with innovation and creativity. The desire to learn and her tenacity were decisive.
The winery has been approaching organic farming for a long time now, they respect nature to reap the fruit of what they have been growing every day.
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More about the host Marc Millon:
Marc Millon, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador 2021, has been travelling, eating, drinking, learning and writing about wine, food and travel for nearly 40 years. Born in Mexico, with a mother from Hawaii via Korea and an anthropologist father from New York via Paris, he was weaned on exotic and delicious foods. Marc and his photographer wife Kim are the authors of 14 books including a pioneering series of illustrated wine-food-travel books: The Wine Roads of Europe, The Wine Roads of France, The Wine Roads of Italy (Premio Barbi Colombini), and The Wine Roads of Spain. Other titles include The Wine and Food of Europe, The Food Lovers’ Companion Italy, The Food Lovers’ Companion France, Wine, a global history. Marc regularly lectures and hosts gastronomic cultural tours to Italy and France with Martin Randall Travel, the UK’s leading cultural travel specialist. He is soon to begin a regular series on Italian Wine Podcast, ‘Wine, food and travel with Marc Millon’. When not on the road Marc lives on the River Exe in Devon, England
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