THE ADVENTURE IN THE WORLD OF FAMILY WINE STARTS AT THE END OF 1800 WHEN A VERY YOUNG GUALTIERO NUNZI, FROM A SMALL COUNTRY OF THE FIORENTINA MOUNTAIN, MOVES TO FLORENCE TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE.
Here he began toiling in various and profitable jobs and after a few years he managed to buy the first vineyards in Mercatale Val di Pesa, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area.
Upon Gualtiero's death, the farm was inherited by his eldest son Antonio who joined the constitution of the Chianti Classico Gallo Nero Wine Consortium. A few years after the end of the Second World War, his brother Gualtiero Armando took over from Antonio.
A skilled and experienced coffee industrialist who, having left his company at the peak of his success, Gualtiero Armando devoted himself completely to viticulture so as to become an absolute protagonist. On 26 May 1970 he became vice-president of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium and then became its president from 1994 to 1997.
Gualtiero Armando planted new vineyards, bought new land and built a farm following the principles of rationality and efficiency without underestimating the importance and respect for the beautiful landscape of the Chianti hills. In 1965 he purchased the fifteenth-century Villa Pancani, which later became Villa Barberino, a typical residence that the families of the Florentine nobility built in the most picturesque locations of their possession.
The Villa, with the surrounding land, is the heart of the current Estate that his son Maurizio before, and subsequently his grandchildren Antonio and Isabella today, assisted by the oenologist Giampaolo Chiettini and the cellarman Franco Forense, oversee with the same passion and dedication.