Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana
Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana is from a noble family who followed The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and the Swabians to Italy and who, since 1271, have held farmlands and vineyards in the country.
Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana is an Architect of the Change and after inheriting the estate decided to steer Castello del Terriccio in a new direction, that of a Research Laboratory in Viticulture and a State of the Art fine wine production. But it was of utmost importance for him to safeguard the valuable historical legacy of the land, which has retained its character and unique beauty intact. Upon his arrival in 1975 he faced the challenge of managing the 63 tenant families called” Mezzadri” or “Metayer” who lived and worked the land. He had to oversee the delicate change from this share-cropping system to direct management.
At the time he was a passionate equestrian whose time was occupied by international equestrian events. A riding accident brought this pastime to an abrupt end when Gian Anniable's horse fell and rolled over him, leaving him without the use of his legs. He has accepted the hand fate has dealt him by having to renounce horsemanship but continues to manage the rest of the estate. To do so he drives a jeep across the estate, where many would not venture, to oversee the agricultural work in the fields and vineyards.