The Dezza family began winemaking in Oltrepò Pavese in 1890, but the family’s roots in the area date back three centuries before. Three Dezza brothers moved from Spain to Italy in the 16th century. They were “hidalgos” – Spanish nobility – and arrived after the peace treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in 1559 between France and Spain, which left the Spanish in control of Italy for 150 years. The Dezza brothers found a spot in Oltrepò Pavese and settled there.
Pietro Dezza began the vineyard in 1890, with the founding principles of quality viniculture and respect of the land. Pietro was passionate about wine and culture. He made it his mission to produce wine based on Oltrepò traditions.
His love of winemaking and quest to produce fine wines was carried-on by his son Ettore. Ettore, along with his son Carlo, experimented with new solutions and techniques, managing to innovate while still respecting the family’s well-established winemaking traditions.
Dezza1890 is now in its fourth generation. Since 2002, Carlo’s son Ottavio has been devoting himself to the winery and has been running it on his own since Carlo’s passing in 2008. Ottavio has followed in his father’s footsteps, looking to innovate and expand the company, while maintaining one mission: a constant quest for the utmost wine quality.
Our wine is our passion and we believe good wine emanates from careful viniculture, not
tricky maneuvers in the cellar. We believe wines should express their terroir and we place the
utmost importance on our ancestors’ vineyards, personally tending to them each and every
Our philosophy of creating the least stress for the grapes starts at the vine and continues
through harvesting. Our techniques always respect the vines and protect the environment.
We grow our vines using the traditional growing systems of Guyot (Cane pruning) and
Cordon (Spur pruning), which offer excellent integration with their soil and exposure.
Once in the cellar, winery owner Ottavio Maria Dezza personally monitors the wines daily,
tending to them with great attention to detail, always aiming to craft beautiful vintages.
We also believe in minimizing sulfites, adding only what is absolutely needed to protect the
integrity and quality of the wine, allowing it to age respectfully.