Enrico Viglierchio is celebrating his 10th anniversary as General Manager of Castello Banfi in Montalcino, Tuscany. He joined the privately held, family-run estate in 1998 to manage the vineyard and winery operations of sister estate Vigne Regali Cellars in Strevi, Piedmont.
Mr. Viglierchio was born in Savona, provincial capital and key port city in Northwestern Italy’s Liguria region. He graduated in Business Administration at the “Università degli Studi” in Genoa in 1990.
His tenure at Castello Banfi has been marked by implementation and execution of a forward looking policy of opening new markets and expanding existing ones. His keen focus is on communicating and enhancing Castello Banfi’s prestige as Tuscany’s premier vineyard estate and its role as “Builder of Brunello” as described by Wine Spectator Magazine.
Under his direction, pioneering clonal research on the native Sangiovese vine was brought to fruition, and ground-breaking winemaking techniques such as hybrid wood and stainless steel fermentation vessels were developed. These and other key technological updates keep the winery at the cutting edge in fulfilment of its “dedication to a finer wine world.”
The team that Mr. Viglierchio leads, along with the proprietary partners who guide them, are young contemporaries, the second generation of Castello Banfi’s dynamic leadership. Their inspiration lies with visionary founding brothers John and Harry Mariani, who in their own turn brought the wine merchant interest founded by their father to unprecedented heights.