The Gaiaschi Family
Five generations of winemakers
Adriano started working for his family-owned company in the early 1970s, managing all vineyard operations. Whether it’s from the winter pruning to the harvest or from planting new vines to uprooting, Adriano oversees every phenological phase of the vines.
His incredible knowledge of the machinery mixed with his immense experience and passion, ensure that all tractors and machines keep operating properly and make Adriano an irreplaceable member of our team.
Gianfranco has been working for his family-owned company since the 1960s. After his studies in Viticulture and Oenology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza he took over the cellar as an oenologist and administrator. He decided to invest in infrastructure and machinery, transforming a small family business into a mass producing, profitable winery.
Gianfranco supervises and manages the process of winemaking, from grape crushing to bottling. Over the years, he has become a specialist in the production of the great wines from the Colli Piacentini area, such as Gutturnio, Ortrugo, Malavasia and Bonarda as well as developing special winemaking techniques handed down from his father Terenzio, from which he created different wines such as the sweet Settimo Cielo and Luna Gialla.
After graduating in Management Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano and gaining experience abroad, Matteo realized the true value and potential of his homeland. With the skills he had acquired, he decided to return to Ziano, to support his father Gianfranco and uncle Adriano in their family business.
He currently oversees administration, marketing, and sales, and aims to enhance and expand sales internationally.
The Gaiaschi Company began in 1855 with Pasquale Gaiaschi. Pasquale gained his experience in cultivation and agriculture by overseeing the land of the noble Guffanti family. Back then, noble families owned large amounts of land, but lived in the cities. They needed reliable and knowledgeable workers to manage the land, and Pasquale served as the head manager of the Guffanti’s land. Pasquale understood the value of agriculture and how to cultivate the grape vines. He eventually bought land from the Guffanti family and cultivated his own wheat and grapes.
In the early 1900s, with his son Romeo, Pasquale moved the company to where it is today, in Colombaia Guffanti, a distinct property located in the small town of Ziano, Italy.
In the 1940s, Pasquale’s grandson Terenzio (third generation of the Gaiaschi family) along with his wife Maria, modernized the business and began to focus on bulk wine production.
In the 1960s, the company began bottling wine after solely selling wine in bulk. The first labels were designed by a fourth generation Gaiaschi, Gianfranco (one of Terenzio’s sons) along with his schoolmates.
Now, the company is run by fourth and fifth generation Gaiaschi’s. Gianfranco and Adriano who serve as the fourth generation Gaiaschi winemakers, while Matteo, Gianfranco’s son, serves as the fifth generation Gaiaschi marketing and sales manager.
After completely renovating the cellar in the early 1990s and in 2017, the company has current technology and is a competitive wine producer.