If it is true, as the philosopher Aristotle once said, that “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”, then Bibi Graetz is evidence of one who, believing frmly in a project, manages with passion and determination, to make it somenthing concrete. Growing up between canvases and brushes, Bibi Graetz has translated his innate quest for beauty, and thus perfection, into the art of making wine; with the dream of producing excellent wine on his own land. In the year 2000, after a journey as an artist which included receiving a diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bibi Graetz decided to devote his life to wine. His eponymous vineyard, located in Fiesole, produces wine amongst the world’s oldest vineyards and is imbued with as much culture and history, as innovation and creativity. Bibi Graetz has his own very contemporary way of living the viticulture, which distinguishes him from other winemakers that, like him, aim for the highest quality.
“I started with two and a half hectares of vineyard property and two acres for rent with the idea of producing a great wine from the old vines and ancient grapes of Chianti. The exhausting search for old vines led me to explore even the most distant territories, to discover extreme places and particularly favorable soils. At frst, both for a careful economic considerations and because of the difculty in buying land with old vines, I decided to take other vineyards under management. With time and experience, I realized that not owning the vineyards holds great advantages: to know a vineyard, in fact, takes time, that’s the only way to discover it’s potential and weaknesses. It’s thanks to this way of working that today, I have a part in 55 hectares of stellar vineyards. These are, of course, in constant evolution, as more may be added at any time, depending on the new discoveries that we make from time to time.”