Jacomo Gastaldi really put Italy on the map in Renaissance times. Before the unification of 1861, Gastaldi was mapping the once and future country, albeit with a Venetian-centric framing.
maps of Renato Ratti were instrumental in my understanding of the wines of Piedmont.
When I was in Trentino recently for Alois Lageder's Summa 11 I walked into one of the tastings and right there was a man whose work I have loved every since first seeing it. Alessandro Masnaghetti, whose site, Enogea is a fascinating tour of Italian wine and thought. It is in Italian only, so those of us who are not idiomatic in Italian must struggle through it. But the maps, that’s a different story. And the maps of Alessandro Masnaghetti are a 21st century treasure.
Barolo and Barbaresco (other areas too, like Tuscany). From Ptolemy to Gastaldi to Ratti to Masnaghetti, we all are a little richer in our understanding of Italy and her land and her wines because of these men.Tom Maresca has written well about the man and his maps also, here and here. Jancis Robinson also has an excellent post here.
The Rare Wine Company).
“No one has ever asked me to autograph my map!” he exclaimed. Pity. For one day wine historians might look back and see the significant contribution Masnaghetti has made for the greater understanding of the land and the terroir of some of the treasures of Italian vines. I for one, feel most fortunate to have crossed Alessandro Masnaghetti’s path on the wine trail in Italy