Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Pressano, Trentino
People: Paolo Cesconi
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic


The Cesconi family surname first appears in the parish archives of Pressano, in the wine region of Trentino, in 1751. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Olivar vineyard was purchased by Bernandino, great-grandfather of the current proprietors of Cesconi. Years later, grandfather Rinaldo and his son Paolo started selling wine to various taverns in the neighboring city of Trento.

Over the last several decades, with the help of his sons Alessandro, Franco, Roberto and Lorenzo, Paolo Cesconi was able to increase the size of the estate, bringing the winery into the modern era. All of Cesconi’s vineyards are farmed organically and they have begun introducing biodynamic principles into their vineyard practices.

The vineyards located on the hills of Pressano are situated at about 300 meters above level, where the continental climate offers great day/night temperature variations. The soils are derived from the weathering of rocks whose origins date back millions of years when sand, silt and mud was deposited on the bed of a sea that has long since disappeared. Proof of this marine origin is seen in the regularity of the rock layers and in the presence of marine-animal fossils found on the dolomitic peaks. These soils are deep and fertile and are marked by their high mineral content. In these Pressano vineyards, the Cesconi family grows white grape varieties such as Nosiola, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon as well as a single red grape variety, Lagrein. The wines are characterized by their marked and well-defined structure as well as their distinc sapidity and great aging potential.

On the other hand, the Pivier and Prabi vineyards are found near the small town of Ceniga in the Sarca Valley, a few kilometers from Lake Garda. The “Ora del Garda” – a wind the blows in from the lake – rises each day and mitigates the climate and day/night temperature fluctuations. Manzoni, Bianco and Riesling are grown in the loose alluvial soils of the Prabi vineyard. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grown in the Pivier vineyard, whose clay soil is an essential ingredient for growing red grape varieties. The clay contributes to the development of denser tannins and of darker and more intense hues, while maintaining a stable acidity and producing grapes that remain healthy and sound.

As the years have passed, the Cesconi family has prided themselves on constantly evolving and improving their winegrowing and winemaking methods. Today, traditional methods and innovative techniques go hand-in-hand in a constant endeavor to achieve the highest quality.