Who makes Our Wines?

Oenologist Federico Curtaz with years of experience as a chief winemaker of the legendary Piemonte Region producing Italy’s world famous wines is at the helm of our winemaking team to maintain our vineyards and manage production throughout the year. Oenologist Federico Curtaz and vineyard manager Çağrı Kurucu form our creative team that transforms the grapes from the Yanık Ülke into new tastes to rejoice our palates.

Federico Curtaz CV

I was born in a small village called Brusson in the French Alps. I grew up in the Monferrato vineyards near Asti run by my family.

A variety of local wines including Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Nebbiolo and Piemonte are produced with the grapes coming from these vineyards.
Until my college years, I worked in these vineyards every summer.

After graduating from the Asti agricultural school in 1974, I completed the Agronomy & Enology Department in 1979.

In August 1979 I grew hops, an ingredient used in beer production, at Avon near Stratford, England.

In October 1980, I returned to Italy and earned my MSc degree in Agricultural Economics.

From November 1980 to September 1983 I worked as an assistant at the vineyards and the cellar owned by the university.
By the end of my residency as an assistant I also lectured practical and theoretical classes at the university.
In September 1983, I started working as the technical chief at Angelo Gaja vineyards in Barberesco. There I made Costa Russi, San Lorenzo and Sori Tildin wines.
Wine Spectator recognized the wine I produced in the 1985 vintage as the finest wine in the world.

I have been in Medoc - Pomeral and Saint Emilion in Bordeaux, France in November 1984.

In 1986, I collaborated with Guido Rivella, Angelo Gaja and Robert Mondavi in Napa Valley.

In 1986, I performed joint works with Thierry Matrot on wine production at Chablis Burgundy.

In 1987, I've been in Hermitage – Condrieu located at the south of Chateauneuf du Pape.

In 1988, I redesigned and replanted the 40 hectare vineyard owned by Angelo Gaja with my team.

From September 1988 to November 1991 I worked on the book "San Lorenzo, The Birth of Great Wines". The book was first published in English then translated into Italian, French, German, Japanese and Chinese.

I spent summer of 1989 in Riesling Rhine and Mosel.

I have been in Alsace in the summer of 1990.

In November 1991, I attended the renowned Gaja tasting event held at Marriot Hotel in New York City. Around 1000 guests attended the event tasting the 1955, 1961, 1964, 1971, 1978, 1982, 1985 Gaja Barbaresco wines and I received a 20 minutes standing ovation after delivering a close to 2 hours speech on wine.

In 1996 I visited California for the third time..

In 1997, after the completion of Barbaresco and Barolo vintage I started the Vitartes Company with Gianpiero Romana to provide planting and consultancy services for vineyards. I rendered consultancy services to a various brands including Pio Cesare, Conterno Fantino, Paolo Saracco, Renato Ratti, Vietti and Villa Sparina.

In 1999, in collaboration with Richard Smart I delivered a series of 6 lectures in Australia on Italian wines and palates . Richard Smart is one of Australia's most influential experts in agriculture. He is known as the "Flying doctor of vineyards", “Famous Researcher” in Australia. "Sunlight into the Wine" is most famous of the books he authored.

In 2001, I joined Matura, an enterprise rendering consulting services all across Italy from the north to the south as well as Australia, Russia and Romania. Together with Alberto Antonini and Attiglio Pagli I started offering consultancy services across a wide region.

In 2006, I started working independently on the disciplines of Agronomy and Oenology. I provided consultation on wine making process starting from vine growing till bottled finished product.

In 2007, I started making my own wines in Tenuta di Fessina, Sicily. My wines were acclaimed by European journals in a very short time.

In 2012, I met the Akçura family and jointly we created the truly extraordinary Yanık Ülke Vineyard in Kula.