Buglioni is an Italian grape-growing family led by Alfredo Buglioni and his son Mariano, who chose to devote themselves to winemaking in the early 1990s with the goal of becoming one of the leading producers in Valpolicella. Starting from the first 3.5 hectares of vineyard purchased with the house where the family still lives, today the two "Teste Dure" grow their grapes on 50 hectares of vineyards in Valpolicella Classica, 5 ha in Lugana, and 5 in Bardolino’s area, organically run since 2019.
The production blends tradition and research to craft wines expressing the region’s typical terroir with an elegance that connects vineyard and bottle, man and plant.
In 1993, Alfredo Buglioni bought the old farmhouse of his dreams, in the heart of Valpolicella Classica. With the property came a 3.5 hectares vineyard planted to the local red varieties Corvina, Corvinone, Molinara and Rondinella. Alfredo and his son Mariano had no idea what to do with that year's harvest. So they approached the best wineries, offering their harvest, free of charge, in exchange for teachings on the art of vineyard cultivation. For seven years they continued to donate their grapes.
They undertook their first serious effort in winemaking with the vintage 2000 and built the winery on their doorstep. They decided to rely on a young, newly graduated oenologist, Diego Bertoni, who still leads the winery today, to express their style in an authentic way.
By 2004, Buglioni’s first Amarone was ready, and Mariano went to sell it. “I knocked on the doors of wine agents, and everyone told the same: "This is just a hobby for you. Why should we choose a winery that may not be here in three years?" That question stimulated Alfredo and Mariano to find an original answer, an expression of a distinctive style even then. So, in January 2005, they decided to convert one of their shops in Verona downtown into a wine bar offering only Buglioni wine. Osteria del Bugiardo quickly became a hit with wine-loving locals and visitors. The wine liked. Buglioni's story began with a desire to transform wine from product into an emotional experience that creates sharing and memories.
Buglioni makes distinctive wines with native Valpolicella grapes alongside some more unusual and almost forgotten ones. These wines with distinctive character are described through unusual names and shared at the table in four locations: you can try typical “cicchetti” in Osteria del Bugiardo or in the seafood version Piscaria del Bugiardo, BBQ in Enoteca del Burgiardo and a food&wine tasting menu among vineyards in Locanda Buglioni. Buglioni has also designed spaces to enjoy a relaxing break among vineyards and olive trees in the Dimora Buglioni or to live the city of Verona sleeping on one of the Residenze (apartments) in downtown.