Giovanni Manetti, born in '63, Chianti DOC, has been confirmed President of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium for the second term (three years). The appointment was made today by the newly elected Board of Directors which decided, unanimously, to entrust again to the owner of the well-known Chianti company of Panzano, the delicate task of leading the Consortium in a very particular and unprecedented period, such as the current one.
Giovanni Manetti's passion for the world of wine, who likes to define himself as a winemaker-artisan, has led him to experience many aspects, as a technician, as an entrepreneur and as an active participant in the life of the denomination, as a Director of the Consortium's Board of Directors since 1992, in as Vice President since 2012 and finally as President since 2018. A new appointment has recently been added to his prestigious curriculum, that of Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of the highest awards of the Italian Republic for contributions to the productive activities that give prestige to our country .
This varied and mature experience has welcomed the full consent of the different categories, represented on the Board of Directors of the Consortium (winegrowers, winemakers, bottlers), who have reaffirmed their confidence in the strategic approach promoted by Manetti, based on the further enhancement of the denomination. Chianti Classico wine, through a continuous search for the quality of the product made of authenticity and territoriality, improving its positioning and image on the national and international markets.
"I was called to renew my willingness to lead this prestigious Consortium and I am very happy with the trust that the whole company structure once again places in me." - commented Giovanni Manetti - “I therefore gladly accept this commitment and, with renewed enthusiasm, I hope to be able to lead the Consortium and our member companies out of the period of the health emergency. The three years that await me will be challenging and I hope to be able to successfully continue the path taken in my first mandate, contributing to the consolidation and further enhancement of one of the excellences of the Italian and international wine world. Finally, I would like to give special thanks to the directors who supported me in the first three years of my presidency, but also to all the Chianti winemakers. It is thanks to them, in fact, that we were able to face the storm of Covid-19, without particular consequences for our denomination. And the reasons for this are mainly three: attention to quality, at all levels, which has never been lacking in Chianti Classico farms; the speed of reaction or having been able to adapt to the market, also with the timely opening of new sales channels and the use of new communication methods; and finally the capacity for cohesion. A cohesion that is, I repeat, one of the strengths of our Consortium and our denomination: united we win. "
In recent years, the Consortium has increasingly acquired awareness of the indissoluble link that exists between a product of excellence and its production area. In the program of the next three years, the progress of the process for the Unesco candidacy of Chianti Classico as a cultural landscape, the continuation of the activities of the Chianti Rural District in agreement with the municipalities of the territory, the launch of a new agronomic research project on the territory, also to be able to better cope, over time, with climate change, and finally, the continuation of work on the Additional Geographical Units project, recently approved by the Shareholders' Meeting, as a tool to amplify the wine-territory binomial, with the aim of further increasing quality in terms of identity and territoriality.
Together with Giovanni Manetti, at the helm of the Consortium, Francesco Colpizzi and Sergio Zingarelli were confirmed as Vice Presidents.
The new Board of Directors of the Chianti Classico Consortium is made up as follows: Laura Bianchi - Monsanto Castle, Luigi Cappellini - Verrazzano Castle, Sebastiano Capponi - Villa Calcinaia, Alessandra Casini Bindi Sergardi - Bindi Sergardi, Duccio Corsini - Principe Corsini - Villa Le Corti, Renzo Cotarella - Marchesi Antinori, Simone François - Querceto Castle, Giovanni Manetti - Fontodi, Tommaso Marrocchesi Marzi - Bibbiano, Nicolò Mascheroni Stianti - Volpaia Castle, Filippo Mazzei - Marchesi Mazzei, Alessandro Palombo - Luiano, Giovanni Poggiali - Felsina, Enrico Pozzesi - Rodano, Davide Profeti - San Felice, Francesco Ricasoli - Barone Ricasoli (winemakers); Andrea Cecchi - Cecchi, Sandro Sartor - Ruffino, Sergio Zingarelli - Rocca delle Macìe (bottlers); Francesco Colpizzi - Grevepesa Castles, Malcolm Leanza - Chianti Hills Winery (winemakers).