Years of Participation
Despite helping out in the Brancaia wine shop from time to time, Barbara initially pursued a degree in architecture, as a way to combine her love for painting and studying. But, two years into the program, a creative crisis brought her back to her family’s Tuscan estate. It was there that Barbara found her calling. Barbara earned her wine merchant’s diploma in Zurich in 1993 and trained at Domaine des Balisiers in Geneva, Switzerland’s largest organic wine producer. She later studied enology at the Swiss Institute for Life Sciences in Wädenswil. She took the reins as winemaker at Brancaia in 1998.
Since then, Barbara has instituted a terroir-first mindset through the lens of sustainability. In 2014 she began monitoring their carbon footprint. In 2015 she banned the use of pesticides and herbicides. And in 2019, Brancaia was certified organic in the EU.