Caroline Pobitzer came to Montalcino from South Tyrol in Northern Italy. She was born there and lived and managed the family property, a large renaissance castle called Castel Katzenzungen ( At the foot of the castle there is an enormous vine that is over 600 years old. It is the largest vine in the world. This magnificent plant is called Versoaln and is the oldest vine-stock in Europe. Caroline grew up next to this vine, and with her grew her passion for viticulture and wine.

Jan Hendrik Erbach was born in Karlsruhe and brought up in Germany. He studied viticulture with a great German master and then at the prestigious Geisenheim Academy. Jan is both wine grower and oenologist. After his studies he lived and worked for several years in France, gaining valuable experience before coming to Montalcino and meeting Caroline.