Tim Manning came to Italy in 1998 with a dream of learning to make wine in Italy, there was a few problems though. He didn’t speak any Italian, knew nothing about winemaking and had no contacts anywhere. After weeks looking and about to give up he lucked into a job in Chianti with Riecine picking grapes. He quickly became the assistant winemaker there before eventually leaving for New Zealand to formally study winemaking. After getting his degree, he took a role as the assistant winemaker at Cristom in Oregon before returning to Italy in 2004 to take over winemaking for a new estate Il Borghetto. Applying techniques inspired by Burgundy and Cristom used for Pinot Noir, Tim helped turn Il Borghetto into a new cult star of Chianti Classico. Still working with Il Borghetto, Tim is now a winemaking consultant based in Tuscany. In addition to his own projects, he continues to consult with Il Borghetto and several other wineries across Italy.