“A Taste of Team”: Here we are, this is the Pizzolato staff…Nice to meet you!

A new column created to collect mini-interviews addressed to all our staff: a way to introduce ourselves and to be able to show you who is behind each of our beloved bottles of wine! Enjoy the reading!

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MARCH 2021: today we introduce you Marco, that has been working with us for a year. He is the control and  maintenance officer of the bottling and packaging line. Let’s read what he tells us about himself!

1. How long have you been part of the Pizzolato’s team and which role do you play in the winery?

I have been working in Cantina Pizzolato just for a year and I work in the bottling and packaging department.

2. What does your job involve?

I deal with the bottling and packaging machineries. Form the bottle sterilisation process to the filling phase, up to the labelling and packaging processes.

3. If you could change your job here in the winery, which role would you like to play?

If I could change my job for one day, I would like to work in our countryside, in our vineyards, which are the winery’s green lung. I love being outdoors, surrounded by nature; I think it is the best way to regenerate and reconnect with ourselves, in the simplest and most natural way possible.

4. Do you have any hobbies in your everyday life?

In my free time I play football as goalkeeper. I also love riding horses and biking: all these activities give me psychophysical well-being and help me to reduce the stress!

5. If you were a Pizzolato wine, which one would you be? And if you were a food and wine pairing, what would you invent?

If I were a wine I would be Hoopa, the fermented in bottle white PIWI wine. PIWI vine varieties immediately attracted me; these are strong vine varieties, which produce unusual wines with strong and uncommon perfumes and flavours I had never tried before. If I were a food and wine pairing I would surely be a Thai cuisine dish, the perfect companion of the Hoopa wine.

6. What does make you proud of being part of the Cantina Pizzolato’s team?

I am proud of being part of the Pizzolato’s Team because it is a young team, where there is a strong teamwork in all company’s areas; everyone is willing to help each other with no distinctions.

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FEBRUARY 2021: With the new year we do not lose the good habits! Let’s go on with the interviews to the Pizzolato staff! Now it is the turn of Federica, quality control officer, her task is to guarantee that every bottle meets the higher qualitative standards.

1. How long have you been a member of the Pizzolato team and what are your responsibilities?

I have been working in Pizzolato Winery for almost a year and I manage the quality control. I make sure that every bottle is correctly “dressed” and that all the incoming materials comply with our higher qualitative standards.

2. What does your job consist of?

My job consists of controlling every activity that takes place in the productive process to make sure that the finished product complies with the higher qualitative standards. In my area, it is fundamental to manage all the documentation for the traceability of our wines and this involves collaboration and continuous confrontation with all the industrial areas, from the lab analysis to the production.

3. If you could swap roles for one day at the winery, which one would you choose?

I would be an enologist. From controlling the arrive of the grape in the winery to the processing of wine, and I would like to learn all the production phases, so I could tell them with the deep knowledge that only a winemaker has.

4. Do you have any hobbies or interests?

In my free time i love to relax in mountain. For me, it is not just walking, it is the silence, Nature, but also a challenge, just as life is. You will always find impervious and difficult paths, but it is important to have determination, braveness and will to pursue the pathway towards the goals that you prefixed to reach.

5. If you were one of Pizzolato’s wines, which wine would you be and which food would you pair yourself with?

If I was a wine, I would be HUAKAI, a white, still wine of the PIWI line. Since the beginning, I liked the meaning that Pizzolato gave it and the way it has been communicated: through a young label, with bright and vibrant colours. No pairings, at least in the kitchen I do not want rules, but only improvisation.

6. What makes you proud about being a member of Cantina Pizzolato’s team?

What makes me proud of being part of the Pizzolato Winery team is working in a company that give more and more attention to environment and sustainability themes through a transparent communication of every activity that it puts in place to reach these goals. Pizzolato Winery is a company that lives in the present, but it is also projected towards the future. I’m also proud to be in a team of young professionals that collaborate and confront each other every day to achieve the best results.

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November 2020: meet Luca, our enologist! For 14 years he has been in charge of the grapes coming from our vineyards! Let’s find out more abouth him.

1. How long have you been a member of the Pizzolato team and what are your responsibilities?

I have been working with Cantina Pizzolato for 14 years. I oversee the two vinification areas completely as the enologist.

2. Can you tell us more about your tasks?

I follow the winemaking process from grape to wine. This includes following the wine ageing and sparkling winemaking processes as in the case of our Proseccos, as well as monitoring the longer maturation processes as with our “Barbarossa”.

3. If you could swap roles for one day at the winery, which one would you choose?

I wouldn’t swap my job with anyone. I’d rather expand the scope of my profession as I believe that an enologist can always break new boundaries.

4. Do you have any hobbies or interests?

I enjoy breeding bees, I love their fascinating world. They are so small yet of such great importance to our ecosystem. I also love music, I play the sax and I am a mountain lover.

5. If you were one of Pizzolato’s wines, which wine would you be and which food would you pair yourself with?

If I was a wine I’d be an Incrocio Manzoni paired with herb risotto and goat cheese!

6. What makes you proud about being a member of Cantina Pizzolato’s team?

The fact that it is a forward-looking company constantly open to new challenges.

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October 2020: today we introduce you Francesca, our Sales Manager! With passion and commitment she looks after customers and importers! Let’s read what she tells us about herself!

1.What role do you play in the company and how many years have you been part of the Pizzolato team?

I have been working in Pizzolato as Sales Manager for 4 years.

2. What does your job consist of?

I take care of our customers’ needs, analyzing the best strategies and solutions to grow together. My daily goal is to make sure that more people in the world have the pleasure to taste our wines.

3. If you could change roles in the winery for a day, which one would you like to take on?

Working in the vineyards during the harvest time: this will bring me back to my childhood memories, when the whole family was involved in the harvest of my grandfather’s grapes.
All the children were happy to help the oldest in the vineyards, to stay together and to share those harmony moments.

4. Hobbies and passions of your life?

I find relaxing cooking for family and friends, while in my free time hiking and staying in the nature makes me feel really good.
I really like to see movies at the cinema. I’m into TV shows and series, but also a good book can keep me awake ‘till the middle of the night.

5. If you were a wine, what Pizzolato wine would you be? And if you were a dish and wine pairing what would you invent?

Our Incrocio Manzoni, as the “crossing” (in Italian incrocio) of my venetian and south Italy origin. Not well known worldwide compared to other varieties, this wine hides a strong character able to surprise at every sip.
“I am” the perfect companion of a course I’d love to cook: asparagus, poached egg with Béarnaise sauce.

6. What makes you proud to be part of the Pizzolato Winery team?

I’m proudly part of a Company, leader in the organic field, that is able to maintain stable its origins and traditions, at the same time being innovative, dynamic and ready to evolve and change due to market’s requests.

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September 2020: today we introduce you Matteo, new entry in the our winery and in our campaigns, of which he is the faithful keeper and manager. Let’s read what he tells us about himself!

1.What role do you play in the company and how many years have you been part of the Pizzolato team?

I have been part of the Pizzolato team for about 7 months; I am a specialized Technical worker in vineyard management.

2. What does your job consist of?

My job is to manage all the agro-mechanical processing. I am concerned that everything in the vineyard is carried out as accurately as possible to ensure the best healthiness of the vine and the production of quality grapes.

3. If you could change roles in the winery for a day, which one would you like to take on?

I don’t think I see myself in another role. I love my job, I love taking care of the vineyards.

4. Hobbies and passions of your life?

My biggest passion is the model collecting, in fact I collect model tractors, one of my greatest passions. I also have a dedication to mechanics and I like to solve the complicated problems of machinery: I am definitely the “Mr. Fix it” in our estate! During my free time, I also love to go on long motorbike rides.

5. If you were a wine, what Pizzolato wine would you be? And if you were a dish and wine pairing what would you invent?

I really like raboso wine paired with the typical platter of cold cuts and cheeses from our Venetian cuisine: moments of conviviality with friends and a good glass of wine are absolutely the best.

6. What makes you proud to be part of the Pizzolato Winery team?

What makes me more proud is the possibility to work in a team where there is always a strong team spirit. The harmony of the group is a characteristic that I could perceive from the first moment I started working here.

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Settimo Pizzolato’s son, Federico is the company’s purchasing manager. Let’s read what he tells us about himself!

1.What role do you play in the company and how many years have you been part of the Pizzolato team?

I have been part of the team for 7 years now and, in addition to being an associate of the company, I am responsible for production and purchase of the materials necessary for production.

 2.  What does your job consist of?

My job is to constantly monitor the situation, to schedule the bottling at the right time. To do this, I constantly meet with the winemakers and the company’s sales team, as well as the manager of the bottling line. In addition to programming the various bottling rounds, I also take care of the procurement of materials and therefore of finding everything needed for bottling: bottles, corks, capsules, labels etc.

3. If you could change roles in the winery for a day, which one would you like to take on?

I would like to have an overall picture of how everything works: I am interested in everything about the company and I would like to learn as many things as possible in order to be able, in the future, to better manage the company together with the other partners.

4. Hobbies and passions of your life??

The job I do is also a real passion of mine. For this reason, I carry it on happily! In addition to being passionate about my job, I am a big football fan but I also like to go fishing which I find relaxing. Among the future objectives for personal development, there is also that of attending a course for Sommeliers.

 5. If you were a wine, what Pizzolato wine would you be? And if you were a dish and wine pairing what would you invent?

In answering this question, the dedication that my father Settimo made to me some years ago, when he decided to name a sparkling Chardonnay wine “FREDERIK,” helps a lot: that is my “wine of the heart,” my favourite wine, and I truly really like it. This said, if I were a pairing I would like to be a good glass of FREDERIK accompanied by excellent freshly caught raw fish.

 6. What makes you proud to be part of the Pizzolato Winery team?

I am very proud of the group of professionals with whom I work. Every single one of us does their best to make the company’s success grow, day after day. Being part of such a cohesive and committed group makes me very proud!

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June 2020: it has been 4 years since we have inaugurated our new organic winery, we have interviewed the cornerstones of the Pizzolato family: Settimo and Sabrina.

1. How many years have you been part of Pizzolato Team and what role do you play in the company?

SETTIMO: I have supported my father in running the family business since 1981, together with my choice to run it organically, today I am the General Manager of the winery.

SABRINA: I have been working in the winery since 1999 and I am the Export Manager.

2. What does your job consist of?

SETTIMO: I like to define myself as an “agricultural entrepreneur”: I am the Legal Representative of Cantina Pizzolato SRL and the owner of the farm. I deal with internal management and I represent the company in all relations with our stakeholders. My favorite part of the day is when I personally take care of the vineyards and of the relation with grape suppliers by taking all the delicate decisions concerning the care of the vine.

SABRINA: I mainly deal with product development in continuous comparison with my customers and the markets, which I am lucky enough to visit regularly. Moreover, I support Settimo in the general management of the winery.

3. If you could change role in the winery for a day, which one you would like to perform?

SETTIMO: I played different roles during my experience in the company, but what I would always like to do is take care of the vineyards.

SABRINA:  I know that one day would not be enough considering all the daily tasks, but I would like to be an oenologist involved in the management of the grape harvest from the cellar to the finished bottle, deeply understanding how important the quality of the raw material is and how much the expert hand of an oenologist weighs in the success of a wine.

4. Which are your hobbies and passions?

SETTIMO: my greatest passion is the care of the vineyards. I follow the entire production processes, adapting the choices according to the climate conditions of each vintage is always a different but very motivating challenge. I also like to relax with long horse rides and I also enjoy very much following my favorite sport, football.

SABRINA: surely, my greatest passion is my job from which a thousand more arise. My job allows me to travel and discover cultures and societies different from mine. It makes me feel like a citizen of the world. Also being mother of Edoardo, our little boy makes my “free-time” full of happiness. Since we have Edoardo in our lives, the world became even a more special place.

5. Which wine from the Pizzolato portfolio would you be? What will you pair it with?

SETTIMO: certainly, as perhaps many of you know, Barbarossa is “my wine”. A 100% Raboso Malanotte DOCG, which label literally represents my face. Our Barbarossa is a sincere, austere wine, with a great structure but also capable of being elegant, that speaks the same language as I do. We both talk about nature, about respect and love for our land.
In my opinion, it is an excellent companion of a Tuscan cigar, while spending some nice conversation time with friends.

SABRINA: I would certainly be our Sparking Prosecco DOC Brut. When I have an idea, I’d like to realize it immediately and this wine with its immediacy, versatility and freshness is the wine that perfectly matches my concept of IDEA. I consider food pairing as a game where there are no rules and nobody wins. So free ride for your imagination…

6. The new winery has been inaugurated 4 years ago. What is the best memory you have of that day?

SETTIMO: two days of inauguration that I will never forget. There are many memories of those days: what struck me most are the emotions of my son and my daughter during the cutting of the ribbon, Sabrina’s hug and the truly warm closeness of all the people who were present and ready to celebrate such a great goal. The friendliness and enthusiasm of those days will surely remain within me forever.

SABRINA: the memory that I will always carry in my heart and that when I think about it really makes my heart smiling were Settimo’s eyes. They were full of authentic joy, total and purest happiness, for being able to achieve a dream together.

7. Which is your favorite motto?

SETTIMO: absolutely “Optimism is a form of courage that gives confidence to others and leads to success.”

SABRINA: it is clearly visible from my desk, I read it every day in our little square visible from our offices and to whom arrive at our winery: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

8. What is your dream for the company future?

SETTIMO: I dream of a dynamic future full of new projects!

SABRINA: the recipe is to live the present with intense energy; the future will certainly be above all our expectations!

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Today we introduce you to Stefania Pizzolato, daughter of Settimo Pizzolato and administrative employee of the company! Here’s what she tells us about herself …

1.What role do you play in the company and how many years have you been part of the Pizzolato team ?

I have been working in the family business for a year and a half. From the first moment, I wanted to know the business reality starting from the sector which I believe is the most important for the health of a company: the financial-administrative department.

 2.  What does your job consist of?

At the moment I mainly deal with supplier accounting, alongside my father mainly in the management of grape suppliers that we follow at the forefront. However, my working day includes other activities, like checking and confirming offers and quotes, recording the corresponding invoices, managing payment deadlines and cash accounts. 

3. If you could change roles in the winery for a day, which one would you like to take on?

During my student years I always thought I had clear ideas: in my future I would have liked to dedicate myself to the sale of my family’s wines in the world, illustrating their history, traditions and innovations. To date, if I could change my role, I would rather travel to promote the quality of our wines.     

4. Hobbies and passions of your life??

My greatest passion is horses, to which I dedicate at least two hours every day for training and care. This passion was a legacy given by my father Settimo, who is also very fond of these animals. Inside our estate I have a small stable where I can host my three horses. In the field of horse riding my sport specialty is, in fact, the Horse Show for which I constantly train to give my best in the competitions. 

 5. If you were a wine, what Pizzolato wine would you be? And if you were a dish and wine pairing what would you invent?

If I were a wine I would like to be Raboso; I am very tied to traditions and I am very determined, but I also know how to be sensitive and available, a bit like the soft note of Raboso due to its maturation in wooden barrels.  As a pairing I would opt for HOOPA and sushi. Another aspect of my character is to be curious, which allows me to always try and know new, innovative things.   

 6. What makes you proud to be part of the Pizzolato Winery team?

We are a young, sparkling, never-ending group, constantly coordinated by the company’s main elements who, with their experience of life and work, lead us in the right direction without ever losing sight of traditions and objectives. 

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