My name is Gaetano Solenghi, and this is also the name of my winery, because I identify a lot in my wines.
I was not born as a winemaker: my parents had a haberdashery in Pianello Val Tidone, which still lives in the hands of my brother. The vineyard was a beautiful and precious gift from my aunt Maria Teresa who had it grown by an elderly wage earner.
I learned the rudiments from him in the mid-eighties, it is a baggage of ancient wisdom passed down verbally from the peasant culture.
In the early nineties I had to decide whether to sell the grapes or produce wine. It was a hard choice to make because I wanted my wine to be different from the typical model of Val Tidone, characterized by sparkling reds.
So I bought my first barrel, it marked the first of the wines that I felt mine as well as the spirit of the following ones.
The vineyard is less than 3 hectares and has not enlarged since then. It cointans parts that can boast more than 40 harvests.
My son Nicola and I manage it autonomously in a largely manual way, so that we can monitor every step of the supply chain, from pruning to bottling.