Stefano Bellotti was a living legend, Italy’s Pierre Overnoy if you will, settled since 1977 in the hills of Novi Ligure between Alexandrie and Gênes (Piedmont). Stefano was 18 years old when he inherited this family farm which comprised just one hectare of vines. And so, it was from almost nothing that Italy’s father of biodynamic viticulture got his start. He’d begin practicing biodynamics there in 1984, becoming the president of Renaissance Italy, and a member of Italy’s Triple A artisan wine organisation. Today, the estate stretches over 22 hectares, and employs 25 people. Of course wine is made here, but there’s also a vegetable garden, grain grown for the production fresh pasta, a bed and breakfast... The man never stopped, he even grew the very herbs that he used to develop his natural vine treatments. Stefano spent a lot of time working with young vignerons, passing on his knowledge, and sharing the secrets of his pioneering career. He passed away in the middle of the 2018 harvest, at the age of 59.