Pio Cesare has been producing wines for more than 100 years and through generations. The tradition began in 1881, when Pio Cesare started gathering grapes in his vineyards and purchasing those of some selected and reliable farmers in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco districts.
Today, the estate is managed by Pio Boffa, great-grandson of Pio Cesare. Under his stewardship, the wines of Pio Cesare have become famous throughout the world. Great strides have been made in quality, and single vineyard offerings have dazzled the wine press.
Pio Boffa is the fourth generation winemaker of Pio Cesare. The family began cultivating grapes in 1881 and has always insisted upon the best quality wines made from the best quality grapes. Today, the Pio Cesare estate is managed by great-grandson Pio Boffa, who has been instrumental in the winery's acclaim and popularity around the world.
Pio Boffa was born in Alba in 1954. He is the son of Mrs. Rosy Pio Boffa —the granddaughter of Cesare Pio— who founded the Pio Cesare winery in 1881. After high school, Pio went to Turin where he attended the University of Economia e Commercio (Business and Administration studies).
Having been born into the winery, it was natural for Pio to be fascinated by every aspect of the wine production, from the vineyards to the bottles. He spent his spare time following his grandfather Giuseppe Pio and his father Giuseppe Boffa and learning their secrets.
This curiosity and love, for innovation and respect of tradition, brought Pio to visit the different great wine regions France, California, and Australia. In 1972, he spent three months training at the Robert Mondavi Winery in California, working together with the Mondavi family in the cellar — an experience that influenced him greatly.
Pio continued studying but dedicated more and more time to working in the winery with his father Giuseppe and his mother Rosy, and in a short time became totally involved in the company. He introduced the typical wines of the area (Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato and Gavi), and developed more modern wines such as Piodilei Chardonnay, Ornato Barolo, Il Bricco Barbaresco and Fides Barbera d’Alba.
Pio is married to Nicoletta and has a daughter, Federica Rosy.