Virginie Saveris is a former Belgian lawyer who arrived in Tuscany in 2007 and fell so deeply in love with Tuscany and its wines that she decided, two years later, to take over the historic Avignonesi winery (Montepulciano) from the family that founded it. The two values that guide her are minimal intervention and maximum sustainability for the entire production process.
Her dream was to create a winery that would be capable of producing authentic wines that were a true expression of the identity of the Montepulciano area and that would fully respect the environment.
Through her passion and tenacity, Virginie and her international team of winemakers and agronomists have made this dream come true. Today, Avignonesi – with its 175 hectares of vineyards located between Montepulciano and Cortona – is the largest winery to operate biodynamically in Italy. In 2016, it was certified as organic.
The non-interventionist approach at Avignonesi, which has banished chemistry from the vineyard and cellar, and which deeply respects the land and its fruits, has given rise to extraordinary wines, such as 50 & 50, and Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice – already great classics of Tuscan and Italian oenology.