About us

 

Roberto Cipresso, native from Bassano del Grappa, starts his winemaking career in 1987 in Montalcino, where he settles and starts working for some well known wine productors like Case Basse, Poggio Antico and Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona. He extends his activity and collaborates with prestigious companies in Tuscany and across the most important regions in the territory thanks to his successful personal achievements. In 1999 Roberto Cipresso founded Winemaking, a group of agronomic and oenologic consultancy that today counts with a team of selected technicians that work for more than thirty companies throughout the Italian territory.

His carrier counts with collaborations with foreigner companies such as the prestigious Achaval-Ferrer Winery - in the past - and Matervini in Argentina, and the project Bueno Bellavista in Brasil. Recently he started a new collaboration with Vinos de la Luz in Argentina and Spain, fulfilling his dream of working with the Tempranillo variety.

He is the founder of La Fiorita winery, located in the heart of Montalcino; he's the owner of a a vineyard of three hectares, one of which is grown in Brunello vines, near his Resort of Poggio al Sole. He is also the founder of the Winecircus project, a wine cellar and laboratory. Thanks to the particular vines that he counts with and thanks to the experimental cellar, Winecircus is dedicated to research and to the different aspects of the vine activity in collaboration with the Universities of Padova, Venezia, Palermo,Torino, Pisa and Udine. Now Winecircus is set in a big new cellar at the entrance of Montalcino. He works in Winecircus with his brother Gianfranco and his friend Santiago Achaval.

Roberto Cipresso participates frequently as speaker in technical – scientific conventions nationwide and internationally. In 2000, during Jubilee, he created a special Cuvée for the Pope John Paul II. One of the most important recognitions received during his professional carrier is as Best Italian Oenologist during the “Wine Oscar 2006”. In 2008 Men’s Health Magazine voted Roberto Cipresso “Man Of The Year” in food category.

His three books, “Il Romanzo del Vino”, “Vinosofia” and “Vineide”, written in collaboration with Giovanni Negri, were published respectively in September 27th 2006, October 12th 2008 and in September 23rd 2009.
In 2009 Wine&Spirits declares Bodega Achaval Ferrer “Best Wine Cellar of The World”.
In April 2010 he met Italian Republic President, Giorgio Napolitano, and was asked by “Città Del Vino” to develop a special wine for the 150th Anniversary of Italian Unification. In 2011 Robert Parker, patron of The Wine Advocate, awards Cipresso’s five wines with one 99/100, three 98/100 and one 97/100. During 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 La Fiorita, 95/100 Wine Spectator rating, is listed as one of the Best 50 Wines in Italy during the Best Italian Wines Awards 2012 and received the Gold Medal at the “Merano Wine Festival 2012”. Roberto Cipresso ranks in the “Top 10 Wine Spectator 2012” with his Finca Bella Vista 2010, Bodega Achaval-Ferrer in Mendoza.
The Finca Altamira 2013 is among the 10 Best Wines of 2016 by Forbes.

The 21st January 2013, Roberto Cipresso perform at the School of Enology in Conegliano Veneto the Lectio Magistralis entitled:"The vine and wine in 25 years of experience." During the the same year, on June 20th, at the Master of Food and Wine managed by the University of Venice "Ca' Foscari" he did a lecture entitled: "The old and the new world of wine." The 3rd October 2013, at the Embassy of Argentina in Monte Carlo, Roberto  did a lecture about his own work experience in the wine-growing of Mendoza.

July 30, 2014, Roberto became a member of the Scietific Committee of Ente Vini - Enoteca Italiana.

December 16, 2014, at Palazzo Strozzi, La Quadratura del Cerchio meets Pablo Picasso and Cubism, exclusively for guests of Cathay Pacific Airways.

January 19, 2015 - in collaboration with University of Udine and prof. Roberto Zironi, at the wine school of Conegliano Veneto - Roberto Cipresso did a "Lectio Magistralis" entitled: "History of Vine and Wine".

During 2015, Wine Spectator honors Brunello di Montalcino 2010 La Fiorita with 95/100 rating; at Merano Wine Festival 2015 Roberto take part, with 10 of his best wines, in the prestigious selection of Cult Oenologist.

In 2016, Roberto, with his brother Gianfranco, founds the project Cipresso 43: wines from native vines produced along the same Parallel, but in front of two different seas - Adriatico e Tirrenico -.







GIANFRANCO CIPRESSO

Roberto's brother, born in Bassano del Grappa in 1968, he graduated accountant in 1988.
After a sequence of experiences in administrative, logistical and financial fields he arrived in the world of wine: at the beginning as a partner and director of Orchestra Ltd., one of the most innovative and brilliant company of import and export of wines during the 90s, afterwards as a commercial agent in Veneto and particularly he worked in the Vicenza province for some of the most important wineries of the area, both nationally and internationally.
Since the second half of 2013, he was appointed business manager for the Winecircus wines.




Wineservice

 

The Winemaking team, to help the enterprises/farms in the difficult and tricky initial moment of its business, offers them hospitality at the facilities of the Winecircus; so you have the oppurtunity to use tools and cutting-edge technologies - time to time selected depending on the nature of the raw material and its final objectives - as well as the prompt and careful attention of Roberto Cipresso and his confident technical group. Winemaking team can assess the limits and potential of the terroir before facing the big investment for the installation of a winery, with the total confidence that can guarantee a qualified customer care, of course with the best agronomic and oenologic principles.

Companies that decide to use the Wineservice can choose to collect their wine after the vinification and the barrel aging for a period of one year, and if you also like to use the services that we can offer in terms of bottling, packaging, warehouse storage and shipments logistics management.

The structures of Winecircus have as well the privilege of hosting, on behalf of the Wineservice, special and exclusive projects like the vinification of famous grapes Dorona from Venissa .