Valeria Zavadnikova: Owner of the Fattoria
She is Russian, born in Vladivostok. She is the young owner of the Fattoria. She lived in Moscow until the age of 16, and moved to England in order to complete her school. Valeria graduated from both City University London and King’s College London with the Bachelor in Law and Master in Law degrees respectively. Her family always dreamt about having an estate in Italy and making wine. After a long search, Valeria and her family have found Montemaggio. Seeing its enormous potential, Valeria has thrown herself completely into the world of wine, learning as much as she could while studying and working! She deals predominantly with the marketing and social media of the Montemaggio wines. Valeria lives in Montemaggio with her husband and their two dogs. Valeria has great love for reading, cinema and especially for wine and the countryside!
Ilaria Anichini: Agronomist and Director of the Fattoria
She was born in Florence. Her family has long been present in the Chianti region and were wine growers in the past. She is an agronomist and the manager of the estate. After her degree from the University of Agronomy in Florence, she worked in some wineries abroad, in Australia and in Bordeaux in France. However, she always dreamt of coming back to Chianti region and working in a small estate, where she could do a bit of everything. The dream came true in Montemaggio, and she has been here even since. She has worked at Montemaggio since 2005. Ilaria deals with the estate in general, grape growing and winemaking, and partially with the sales. She has an enormous passion for agriculture, and the world of wine with all its habits and traditions. Ilaria also enjoys the countryside, sea and sailing.
Andrea Paoletti: External Wine Consultant
He was born in the Chianti region, in the town of San Casciano. He has been working at Montemaggio since 1996. He graduated from the University of Agronomy in Florence and subsequently became the managed in the famous estate in Toscany, Marchesi Antinori. Andrea worked for this estate for many years, but decided to leave and become an independent consultant. Currently he is working as a consultant for many estates in Italy and abroad; a perfectionist, who is always available to give suggestions and find solutions. His philosophy is that wine, first of all, is done in the vineyards. He always said that although Montemaggio does experience some difficult working conditions, we have always been able to make very good wine, a true Chianti Classico, a true Sangiovese wine; a Tuscan wine with a very simple but genuine taste. Andrea is passionate about the earth and world of the sea.
Denis Redzic: Cantiniere
He was born in Bosnia and moved to Italy when he was 3 years old. His parents were already working in Montemaggio when he started working here on 2012. He has a diploma in surveying but he decided to get involved in the agriculture and wine making sectors. He is responsible for the wine cellar, but he works in the vineyards and sometimes he takes care of our guests and takes part in the local and national wine events such as Vinitaly and other important events. At the moment, he is studying to become a sommelier. He loves sport, rugby in particular, and travelling. See this video where he is working hard to turn the grapes into an experimental wine that will be soon in production.
Luciano Biagianti: Tractor Driver
He was born in Calenzano, a small town near Prato. He worked as a shipping agent for several years. He has worked in the agriculture field since 1994. He is passionate about yoga.
He is from Bosnia and moved to Italy in 1992. When he was in Bosnia, he was a turner. In Italy, he worked in several farms and then he started working in Montemaggio as a tractor driver and worker in the vineyards. It is also involved in the extra virgin olive oil production, gardening, woodworking and DIY activities, when needed. Now for health’s reasons he cannot drive the tractor, but it takes care of all the rest. He loves walking, the mountain and fishing.
She was born in Bosnia and arrived in Italy when she was 23 years old with her husband Saijd and two children (one of them works at Montemaggio). She started working at Montemaggio after her husband in 2012. As her husband, she worked in several farms. At Montemaggio, she looks after the gardening, the cleaning and welcoming of the guests. She likes walking, the sea and travelling.
He comes from Grassina (a small village close to Florence). He worked as a driver for a big Florentine engineering firm. After this experience, Francesco decided to dedicate his life to agriculture. He has worked at Montemaggio since 2008. A handy man. During these years, Francesco has learned to work in the cellar and in the vineyards. He has a big passion for fishing and mushroom picking!
Marashi Sokol: Farm Worker
He is from Albania and worked for a company that sold medical plants. He moved to Italy in 1997 and worked as a carpenter and, in 2009 as a farm worker. At Montemaggio, he started as a grape picker and since 2013, he has been a farm worker and handyman. He just took the driving license for the tractor, but he still need more experience. He loves soccer and movies.
Federica Paghi: Administration and Accounting
She was born in Siena and studied cinema at Dams in Bologna. She has a wide experience in the welcoming of tourists at the Opera theatre of Duomo of Siena, and in several companies as a salesperson. She is responsible for the administration, the bookkeeping and the welcoming of guests when needed. She loves going to the cinema, art, travelling, playing soccer and the wine world.