Piero Incisa della Rocchetta has branched out from his Tuscan roots to produce world-class Pinot Noir in Patagonia.
Piero Incisa della Rocchetta
An Appetite for Winemaking
Incisa spent his childhood on the family estate in the Maremma district of Tuscany, privy to the exclusive centuries-old winemaking and vineyard management traditions from which he now claims his own expertise. “I was born into the business and for me my passion came with practice,” he explains. “As we say in Italy, ‘appetite comes while you eat.’ ”
Upon completing his undergraduate studies at the prestigious Florimont School in Switzerland, Incisa worked briefly as an account associate at UBS in Geneva before setting out on the fulfillment of his lifelong dream to be a winemaker.
The Road to Patagonia
In 1999, Incisa moved to California to pursue a degree in economics at Pepperdine University, then later returned to Italy, where he managed the day-to-day operations of two family wine estates in Umbria—Titignano and Salviano—which are owned by his mother, Nerina Corsini Incisa della Rocchetta. In January of 2000, Incisa again returned to the United States to pursue a Master’s from New York University, which he completed in 2003. In 2004, he founded Bodega Chacra in the Río Negro region of Patagonia, Argentina, which produces old-vine Pinot Noir.
Now a resident of the United States, Incisa divides his time between New York City, Italy and Patagonia. In his free time he enjoys skiing, yoga and cooking.