"Who works with his hands is a worker
Who works with his hands and his head is an artisan
Who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist "
Francesco d' Assisi
Franco Batzella’s primary focus is on wine sales and marketing, and on hospitality, while Khanh Nguyen is responsible for production (vineyard and winery management).
In 1999 the husband and wife team, after some 20 years of respective careers at the World Bank in Washington DC, decided to return to Italy to take on a new life challenge. In search of Genius Loci (Spirits of the Place as the ancient Romans called it), they founded ex-novo in Tuscany, that enchanting land of vines and wines called Bolgheri, the winery estate Batzella. Following their motto, Quaerendo Invenietis (keep searching and you will find) they have combined their passion for perfection with the best practices in vineyard and winery management of today and yesterday (training at University of California at Davis and at Université de Bordeaux, and for Khanh, a Master degree in Vineyard and Winery Management under Professor A. Scienza at University of Milano) to make wines that express the typical characters of their terroir and traditions. In short, a constant endeavor to catch and give voice to the Genius Loci expressed through the grapes.
The consulting team from Gruppo Matura: Attilio Pagli and Laura Zuddas in enology, Stefano Bartolomei in agronomy, all being well known for their sensibilities and respect of terroir in winemaking.
Massimo Etzi and Alessandro Bugnar take care of the vineyards, winery and the stockrooms. Massimo has a 20-year experience in the sector, he joined Team Batzella from 2006 “because I want to be involved and be able to follow the wine in all of its development phases”. Ale practically grew up with our estate, joining us in 2003 with the first harvest at the tender age of 19 years old. They are the 4 principal year-around hands of Team Batzella. For operations where timely work is important, they are helped by additional hands (young and not so young) who return to the estate year after year, for some of them since 2003 our very first vintage – so they know our vines and our wines, for them also working is not just work but has become a continuing interest, a passion.