Khanh Nguyen & Franco Batzella
In 1999, Khanh Nguyen and Franco Batzella, a couple who had worked for over 20 years in international finance, decided to return to Italy to take up a new life challenge. They founded the artisan winery estate Batzella in Tuscany, that enchanted land of vines and wines.
Following their motto Quaerando invenietis (keep searching and you will find), they combine their passion for perfection and the best grape growing and winemaking practices. In fact, Khanh went back to school and got a Master degree in Vineyard/Winery Management under the direction of Professor Attilio Scienza at the University of Milan. Thus working from vineyards in the two best Tuscan territories -Bolgheri (home of Sassicaia) and Montalcino (home of Brunello), their aim is to make wines that express the very best of the local terroirs and traditions, the Spirit of the land or Genius loci as the ancient Romans called it. In praise of the beauty of these Tuscan lands, the names chosen for some of the wines have been inspired by poetry quotations from two famous ‘native sons’ Giosue’ Carducci and Gabriele D’Annunzio.