A frank, joyful and serene face. Maurizio is one of the key people in the company, the one who oversees all work in the field and loves a job well done, one of the many examples of a person who, in San Gimignano, keeps countryside and vineyard in his heart. Let's get to know him better.
#panizzipeople 6: Maurizio Lucii
What's your job at Panizzi?
I work in the countriside: I am a farmer and I also oversee
What is the skill that those who do your job cannot absolutely lack?
What rewards those who do my job is the passion for the country: the difference in the results of a job done with and without passion, with and without care, are enormous; and plants are particular living beings: they always give signals on how to best take care of them. Having passion towards them means that you know how to grasp them and behave in the best way for the plants. Not to mention that - and this applies to all jobs - doing a job well the first time means doing it right once and for all, without having to go back and correct inaccuracies and issues. Working well with vines means being rewarded at the time of harvest. We have achieve a result that is better every year.
Do you talk to the plants?
I do not speak to them, they talk to me, or rather ask questions! A plant always gives ideas. For example, during dry pruning, plants give out shoots and you have to understand, depending on how they are, which one to prune and which ones to keep.
What is your favorite element in your work?
The holiday. Because it means that the harvest has been dealt with successfully and that we have done a good job, that the product that we have harshly brought to maturity has been saved. From the end of the harvest, the baton passes to the cellarman, and we all expect his work with trepidation.
What did you do before working at Panizzi?
I was a postman for 21 years, a completely different job. Then the friendship with Gianni Panizzi, who lived here in San Gimignano, made me change my life. Yes, but not so much, because I have a small farm, where I produce wine on a small scale. Since I was born I have always lived in a context of agricultural production and wine so maybe it is better to say that this work is a return to my roots.
What do you do in your free time? What are your passions?
Excluding my work here at Panizzi and my wine-making activity, I take care of my property, visit the surroundings of our countryside, spend time with family and friends. I am also a hunter, not an avid one, but I am.
What is your favorite Panizzi wine?
Vernaccia Vigna Santa Margherita, a great selection; it has exquisite aromas. With this wine you can easily eat or simply drink a great glass of wine in peace.
What is your favorite place at Panizzi?
At the top of the hill in Santa Margherita, where the big pine is. It really is the most beautiful point of the estate. There has always been a big pine there, for decades. One day, unfortunately, after a storm, the pine fell and only the stock remained. So I went up there with a chain saw and carved a chair in the stock so that one could sit down and enjoy the scenery and the view on the towers. Then, the property told us to clean the area and replant a new pine, a fire was set and my wonderful chair was destroyed. Only blackened coal (and tears) remain. What a shame!
What is your favorite place in San Gimignano?
La Rocca, an appreciable building, not only for the landscape that can be enjoyed from its top, or for its history: it is the place of childhood memories for the people of San Gimignano, the place for first experiences, even love ones. It is a secluded, isolated place where couples, small groups of friends joined together. When I was young, the entertainment offer was very limited, we didn't have all chances to have fun that young people have now. There was only La Rocca. I remember Leda, a lday who lived there, the only one who would cut the grass, who must have seen all the children of San Gimignano pass before her eyes and grow up year after year.