Marco Maggi, a winemaker born in 1980, was awarded the dell’Oltrepò Pavese, the Angelo Betti prize for Lombardy. The award, dedicated to the great interpreters of the Italian wine world who in each region have contributed to the growth in quality of viticulture and wine production, was presented to him at Vinitaly in Verona by the councillor for Agriculture, Food and Green Systems of Regione Lombardia Fabio Rolfi.

A winegrower who loves his land and continues his research to raise the quality of his product," said councillor Fabio Rolfi. An award that is more than deserved. Making wine in this period is not easy, with climate change, production costs and difficulties in finding the raw materials for the bottles.

Lombardy's farmers," he commented, " have a spirit of initiative and optimism and this is also why we continue to record numbers both in terms of production quality and bottle exports.

Marco Maggi is the owner of the 'Maggi Francesco' company, founded in the 1940s in Montescano (Pavia). Since then the company has aimed to enhance the tradition, culture and flavour of its hills. Today it covers 25 hectares of vineyards divided into four municipalities: Canneto Pavese, Montescano, Castana and Montù Beccaria.