In his role as head winemaker, Christian Scrinzi is the bastion of Bolla quality, leading the charge in Bolla’s renaissance as a champion of the Veronese territory and maker of wines with a distinct sense of place.
Since his appointment as head winemaker in 2009, Christian’s mission has been clear: a top-down revitalization from the vineyards to the cellars, to assure the maximum expression of varietal character and “terroir” in each bottle.
Having spent the better part of a decade honing his professional winemaking techniques in various New World regions including Chile, California and New Zealand, Christian was technically well suited to initiate a revitalization project of this celebrated name in Veronese wines, but perhaps more importantly he brings a passion for territorial winemaking born in his grandfather’s own vineyards and cellars in northern Italy.
“I think it’s a great challenge to work on a historical brand so ingrained in the territory. We are trying to create a quality that leaves its mark; unique and distinct; that portrays the history of this great family winery.”
– Christian Scrinzi
Christian was drawn to Bolla in 2001, where he assumed responsibility of the winemaking and viticultural teams. Through long-term contracts with local family growers, some dating back multiple generations, Bolla enjoys access to over 650 acres of Valpolicella’s best vineyards. Working closely with Bolla’s viticulturist, Giannantonio Marconi, Christian works tirelessly to uphold the winery’s green philosophy through continued research, quality control, and education of growers. Their work together has inspired growers to update their vineyards where necessary and consistently improve the base quality of their fruit.
Under Christian’s direction, Bolla’s winery has been completely renovated, from new barrels and fermenters, to the rebuilding of a traditional fruttaio at its small Capo di Torbe estate where grapes are dried for Amarone and Ripasso wines.
Though Christian has been a winemaker since 1989, it was his grandfather who developed his early fascination with wine as a youngster. Born in Rovereto in Trentino, Christian’s family made wine at home, and he adored spending time with his grandfather in the vineyards, learning about this strong family tradition. These early experiences led Christian to complete his studies in Agriculture and Oenology at the prestigious Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, and eventually travel to New World regions to learn the breadth of current techniques and practices in winemaking.
Christian, his wife Antonella, and their two young daughters continue to make their home in Rovereto. In addition to a passion for modern art and antique furniture restoration, Scrinzi enjoys hiking and mountain biking, as well as cross country and downhill skiing.