Near and distant cultures intertwine at the Mazzolino Estate
Near and distant cultures intertwine at the Mazzolino Estate, whose name means “meeting point, layover” (from the Latin: Mansiolinum). The vine has grown here for three thousand years and today we use modern technology alongside old traditions. However, the Mazzolino Estate’s wines, which delight the palates of esteemed experts and enthusiasts alike, are not just the combination of correct chemical and physical parameters or grape quality and the ensuing processing, but are the essence that nourishes the roots of the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. This essence comes from the deep passion with which the Braggiotti family has farmed this land since 1980.
In those early years Dr. Enrico Braggiotti searched for a place to bring his family together, made up of five family units, in order to enjoy the company of his four children and twelve grandchildren. He is convinced that the passion for good drinking unites people and gives them something in common that can be handed down to his family.
He wanted a countryside where he could plunge the Italian roots of his part-Turkish and part-French ancestry; a land where he could sow the seed and cultivate a passion that would mature through the years: wine. He found the ideal place to achieve these aims in Corvino hill, on the road beaten by the Romans with a vast horizon from the Alps to the Apennines and an extraordinary view of the Province of Pavia.
Each family found a house in the nineteenth-century village, which consists of a nucleus of five buildings, guest quarters and a little church surrounded by fields and vineyards.
Sandra Braggiotti, his daughter, realized his dream and led the Estate into an important new era with great enthusiasm and a business-like manner.
“My parents, brothers and sisters all still speak French today,” says Sandra (her mother grew up in Paris) “and when we saw the vineyards that produced a modest wine at that time, my father decided that we would make a great wine here.”
With these grounds and the respect for character that Marquis Alfonso Corti had given to the place, Sandra set about redeveloping the winery. During the years the Estate has been almost completely replanted to reach the current 22 hectares of vineyards. At the same time, the new thousand-square-meter cellar designed by the architect Lorenzo Berni has been built alongside the original vinification center, skillfully combining the two parts.
Corvino San Quirico became a fantastic little world: excellent wine, orchards, chickens, horses, rose gardens and a generous countryside full of life and beauty. The top-quality products that grow here are just a natural consequence of a place whose potential is recognized and appreciated by its new owners.
Enologists and critics describe our wines with terms such as “exciting confirmation”, “a breath of fresh air” and “elegance and personality”, but they can just as easily be applied to the spirit of the place and those who live there. On the 45th parallel north, Mazzolino’s 22 hectares are the cradle of a culture that fully exploits the character of the area, (once part of old Piedmont) bringing back its strong link with France that is deep-rooted both in the land and the Braggiotti family.
Dr Enrico Braggiotti’s insight laid the foundations for Mazzolino’s success, which was also confirmed by Giacomo Bologna, a timeless legend and a true gentleman of wine. “You should make red wine” was his suggestion (and challenge) in this region where Pinot Noir was only used to make white wine. To start this new venture, Giacomo Bologna recommended Giancarlo Scaglione to the Braggiotti family, a winemaker from Piedmont who handled the initial stages.
“Burgundy is in Corvino, too” wrote the Provincia Pavese at the end of the eighties and it is not a coincidence. Kyriakos Kynigopoulos, internationally renowned winemaker and great expert on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, was called directly from Burgundy to Corvino San Quirico to match his talent with a land clearly full of potential.
Under the direction of the great enologist, supported by a professional and talented team, a great Pinot Noir (Noir) and a Chardonnay Blanc of the highest level were created.
Almost thirty years have passed since that historic meeting, the Noir has earned a place in the most refined cellars and wine shops in the world, awards at international competitions, excellent judgments and mentions in the most authoritative guides, then it obtained the prestigious “tre bicchieri” award of the “Vini d’Italia 2010” guide, then again in 2012.