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Our story

What I am going to narrate is just the chronicle of simple and humble people. People like many others who have always devoted their lives to hard work and accepted their dooms.
   Let’s start from what memory has transmitted to us as we don’t have any photos or written documents.
   By the end of the XIX century in Montalcino countryside Savino Ciacci had been born within one of the many rural families. At the beginning of the XX century he married Luisa Moricciani and they settled in the Colombaio di Montosoli farmhouse. In 1908 Dino, the eldest of their five children, had been born. Because of the 1st World War Savino saw the army and never came back: he died and gave his life for the country in one of the many battles fought somewhere in the Isonzo area. He was just one of the many peasants who had been called into the army unaware of what it meant.
   At the age of ten Dino became the family head and had to support four children who would soon become five. Dino’s capital consisted of 2 cows, 4 sheep, 4 goats and 3/4 hens and  in 1924 he moved to Nacciarello and the year after into Mocali farm.
   At the time Mocali, like many of the farm houses in Tavernelle area, belonged to the Count of Argiano. The ground was given to Dino for tenant farming which was common and typical for Central Italy: the Landlord used to give ground to a householder for tenant farming and he was to reside there permanently and run the farm. The crops and revenues were usually divided as follows: 53% to the tenant and 47% to the landlord, though each farm had their own private deal.
In 1934 Dino married Clarina Bernazzi and they had two children: Silvano and Silvana.
   After the II World War Italy was to completely change its social aspect and Dino and his family fully lived the transition in the running of the land: in 1952 Dino bought Mocali from the Count of Argiano who had almost gone broke and, as a consequence, Dino changed his status: from tenant he became a landlord farmer and it was the very first step of a changing process in which the land production was destined to family use and, mainly, to the market. It was an achievement for poor farmers even if a national law will abrogate tenant farming in 1962.
   All this didn’t mean that the hardships and privations were over, living was still very hard for those who kept toiling the soil although they were sometimes lured by the industrial miracle. They lived on very little: the selling of a cow, a lamb, some wine, olive oil and wheat.
   By the late 60s the very first modern conceived vineyards were planted: a plot of land was only for vineyards, on the contrary, beforehand vines and olive trees alternated on a line (usually every 20 vines one olive tree) and between the lines they used to sow wheat.
   In 1967 Dino was one the founding promoters of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino.
   In the 70s the farmland was run by Silvano who, meanwhile, had married Ofelia Pinsuti and they had two sons: Tiziano and Fabiano. The very hard recession of the 70s certainly didn’t help Montalcino farmers, on the contrary they got worse and worse; in fact many of them left the countryside to go and live in towns and cities: farm houses were abandoned and people emigrated. In the countryside those who had stayed struggled along: sheep-rearing and animal farming became the main source of living and to get something more people didn’t reject any form of Domestic System, either.
   With the 80s the wind changed: the national social and economic life began to flourish again, and even the Montalcino countryside slowly saw interesting prospects on the horizon, with a growing popularity of Brunello wine which in the 90s its consecration and in the new millennium absolute glory. So much so that even in Mocali at the beginning of the other vineyards were planted and new cellars were built.
   With the new millennium we have therefore reached the fourth generation of winemakers, now it is Tiberio who is slowly preparing to become a winemaker following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Dino, alternating work in the vineyard with studies in agronomy.

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