Il nostro appetito di vita è vorace,
la nostra sete di vita insaziabile
Lucrezio, De rerum natura, III, 1084
Gianfranco Soldera was born in Treviso on 29 January 1937.
When he was a child, he and his family moved to Milan.
At the start of the 1960s he founded one of the first insurance brokerage companies in Italy, which he ran until 2003.
His family, by tradition, had always been passionate about the land and wine and, at the end of the 1960s, he and his wife Graziella, a flower and plant enthusiast, decided to buy some land with the intention of producing one of the best wines in the world.
The search for land with suitable characteristics for this purpose proved long and hard. Then in June 1972, Gianfranco and Graziella discovered Montalcino and Case Basse.
The 23-hectare estate of Case Basse had been uncultivated for years.
There weren’t any vines on the land, but the estate was perfect for cultivating large vineyards.
Splendid for its beauty, light and position: a hilly terrain of Eocene origin, at an elevation of 320 m, in a southwesterly position.
They bought it two months later and in autumn planted the first vineyard of about 2 hectares with Sangiovese, then in 1972 a second one of about 4.5 hectares.
The first vintage was in 1975 and it confirmed all the family’s extraordinary quality expectations.
In 1982 they sold their first Brunello.
I met Franco over thirty years ago. And since then the faith he had in me was on a par with my friendship. In this long period of deep mutual esteem, I believe I helped him to create many great wines
Giulio Gambelli, December 2005
My relationship with Gianfranco began through work, over eleven years ago. His passion and love for wine, and the pride in his product of the vine, prompted him to study the microorganisms that transform his grapes into something unique, with extraordinary aromas and flavours. Since then his curiosity as a producer continued to feed and expand my curiosity as a scholar. And the relationship that formed, became a harmonious union between passion, experience and science.
Massimo Vincenzini, November 2005
Case Basse is a paradise on earth. And Gianfranco is its patriarch. You need to know him to understand the personality of this man, his love for the land and wine. He is open to innovation, but always respects tradition. He is sensitive to research projects.
The man, the land, the wine, a trilogy that Soldera has melded in an original cru that stands out from all the rest, because it reflects the character and passion of the producer and the terroir.
Maro Fregoni, November 2005