Francesco Marone Cinzano has been nicknamed the ‘winemaker of two worlds’. Indeed, in addition to holding the reins for more than thirty years at the Col d’Orcia estate, (covering 350 acres, it was purchased by his father Alberto in 1973), he also produces wine in Chile through another of his companies: Viña La Riserva de Caliboro. Francesco Marone Cinzano was born in Lausanne, Switzerland on 21st March 1959. He is married with three children, and has been a resident of Siena since 2005. He has also lived and worked in Geneva, London, New York, Sydney, Barcelona and Santiago. His professional life began at the age of 18, when he worked in the art auction sector, before transferring to roles in the banking sector in New York and London in 1981. In 1982 he moved into the Cinzano family business, covering various commercial and marketing positions at Cinzano Australia. In 1992 he inherited the Col d’Orcia estate from his father, becoming the owner and Chairman of the company.
Francesco’s life is bound up with his family’s long tradition as a wine producer, which began in Piedmont in the 17th Century. Indeed, for more than 400 years the Cinzano family name was synonymous with wines of the highest quality. He is therefore the natural heir of a longstanding family tradition that espouses time-honoured principles and values, to which he maintains a close personal connection. He considers wine to be his genuine passion, and tries to marry the best innovative solutions with the family’s sound traditional ethos. This is demonstrated by frequent collaborations with the Universities of Florence and Milan, working in conjunction with Professor Attilio Scienza. Tirelessly striving for excellence in innovation, for Francesco quality is achieved through research, experimentation and development.

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Col d’Orcia is one of Montalcino’s longest standing winemakers. Its history can be traced back to at least 1890, when official documents show that the Franceschi family, originally from Florence, purchased the property that was then known as Fattori di Sant’Angelo in Colle. In 1933 the Fattoria exhibited its Brunello wines at the Prima Mostra dei Vini d’Italia, one of the first Italian commercial wine fairs, which was held in Siena. This was several decades before Brunello had become recognised internationally as a first class wine. The Franceschi brothers, Leopoldo and Stefano, inherited the vineyard and split it between them in 1958. The conditions of the separation stipulated that neither could use the existing Fattoria di Sant’Angelo in Colle name. Leopoldo Franceschi named his estate Il Poggione, and the cellar of the same name, currently owned by his grandchildren Leopoldo and Livia, continues to produce wine on his share of the land to this day. Stefano Franceschi called his winery Col d’Orcia (hill overlooking the Orcia), after the river that runs through the estate. At a later date Stefano Franceschi married into the family of the then future King of Spain, Juan Carlos. He and his wife had no children, and in 1973 Stefano sold the estate to the Cinzano family, which originally hailed from the Piedmont region. The Cinzano family was already active in the production of liqueurs, and exploited its extensive existing sales network to sell its first Col d’Orcia vintages on the market. At the time of the Cinzano family’s acquisition of the estate, Col d’Orcia already cultivated a variety of crops, including wheat, tobacco, olives and grapes; one of the oldest buildings on the estate is the Fattoria di Sant’Angelo in Colle mill. In 1973 only a few acres were dedicated to vines, cultivation of which was extended under the management of Conte Alberto Marone Cinzano to reach 170 acres in the early 1980s. In 1992 his son Francesco took over the running of the company, and continued to extend the vineyard to the current 345 acres, 265 of which are dedicated to production of Brunello, making Col D’Orcia the third largest maker of Brunello wine in Montalcino.

In recent years, Conte Francesco Marone Cinzano has overseen a gradual, discreet conversion to biodynamic farming, an example of one of the many quality-driven decisions made by Col d’Orcia that set it apart from the other major producers of Montalcino.
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