Barbara Tamburini

«Winemaking, just like living, is a pursuit of balance»

Hailing from Tuscany, Barbara Tamburini boasts over two decades of experience as a Consultant Winemaker. Unlike many in the field who inherit their craft, Barbara's journey into oenology was driven solely by her deep-rooted desire to commune with nature and people.

After earning her degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Pisa in 2002, following a diploma in Food Technology with a specialization in Viticulture and Oenology obtained in 2000, Barbara embarked on a journey of professional growth. She honed her skills with stints at various Tuscan wineries, swiftly establishing herself as a freelance winemaker.

Since then, her consultancy portfolio has steadily expanded, spanning from her Tuscan roots to ventures in Umbria, Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, and Sicily.

In the early stages of her education, Barbara crossed paths with Vittorio Fiore: a globally renowned oenologist, Vittorio quickly became her mentor and source of inspiration. Another meeting in 2001 sparked a fruitful collaboration that continues to thrive, to this day, in various projects across the Italian peninsula.

Barbara Tamburini
Barbara Tamburini

From Sangiovese to Pinot Nero, from Merlot – she is universally recognized as the ”queen of Merlot” after clinching seven podium finishes in five consecutive years at the MondoMerlot competition – to Nebbiolo and Barbera, Barbara Tamburini has ventured successfully across various professional realms, encompassing viticulture and oenology. Her unwavering focus remains on enhancing the quality of the wines she handles, with particular attention to the unique territorial traits of each grape variety.

Her reputation, extending beyond national borders, has enabled her to forge invaluable connections in the global wine distribution and marketing sphere. Leveraging her expertise and keen perception of consumer tastes and trends, Barbara identifies and acts towards sustainable and effective market objectives.

Through her involvement with numerous wineries as a winemaking consultant, Barbara Tamburini has carved out a significant presence in the wine world over the years, recognized by numerous awards, including the Oscar del Vino for Best Winemaker in 2019.

She is also deeply committed to educational projects, offering teachings for various sommelier courses and conducting numerous seminars and tastings in Italy and abroad; she also serves as a judge and commission president in national and international wine competitions.

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