The Scienza Family

Guado al Melo is a family business, not only in property but also in work. Vineyard and cellar are managed personally by Michele Scienza with the collaboration of his wife Annalisa Motta.


We can say that the Scienza family, in its small way, represents the historical path of Italian wine. Michele's great-grandparents, Valentino and Margherita Scienza, were winemakers in Trentino, in Avio (Val Lagarina), farmers in a noble landowners estate. Their son Ezio, after an initial escape from the harsh country life of the time, returned, regaining the vineyard where his parents had worked for a lifetime. With his wife Giuseppina, between the 50s and 60s, he produced grapes for the social winery and cask wine. In 1978, under the pressure of his son Attilio and his wife Caterina, they began to bottle, went to the first Vinitaly (famous wine fair in Verona) and the small winery, called Vallarom, became a quality reference in Trentino.

In 1998 unfortunately Ezio and Giuseppina died a short distance from each other. The Vallarom winery was too small to allow all interested grandchildren to continue the business. So it went to our cousins, offering the opportunity to Michele to realize a new project of life in Tuscany, with his wife Annalisa. Who we are:


Michele Scienza: son of Attilio, he personally takes care of the vineyard and the winery in Guado al Melo. He has lived in the world of wine since childhood, becoming passionate about the production aspects. His dream was to be winemaker, like his grandparents, and he was able to realize it thanks to the support of his family. During and after the technical and scientific studies (graduated at the Enological Institute of San Michele all'Adige, then graduated in Biology at the University of Milan), he built a certain experience and sensibility of enology, in the family business and also outside. He made his first harvest (as responsible) when he was twenty years old, in 1990.
Annalisa Motta: she met Michele at the University in Milan, where they both studied biology, and thanks to him she learned to love wine. After her PhD thesis in Plant Biology, she "passed" in this world with a master's degree in Sensorial Analysis and working in several oenological laboratories. Since 2002 she is working full-time with Michele in the management of Guado al Melo. She is also in love with all the cultural and historical aspects of wine, as well as a passionate self-taught graphic, becoming the curator of the museum of Guado al Melo.
In 2001 was born Giovanni and in 2007 Federico.
Attilio Scienza: son of winemakers from Trentino, he is an esteemed university professor of viticulture (in Milan) and well-known international expert in the sector. He followed research projects in the field of physiology, agricultural techniques and genetics of the vine. He is the author of numerous publications in national and international journals, as well as books, for which he has received numerous awards. He is mentor of Guado al Melo, as well as the cultural soul.