A long-time disciple and friend of Burgundy legend Henri Jayer, Lionel had a clear philosophy that the vine always came first. Everything he did was by hand - be that spending hours every day pruning bunches with a pair of nail scissors or carrying tonnes of rocks from the Ombrone River to give better support and drainage to his vines. His dedication was near unrivalled.
When Lionel and his wife Ornella Tondini planted Cupano's vineyards, it was on land that had been abandoned for 40 years, meaning it had never been touched by chemical pesticides and fertilisers, resulting in incredible soil health. Today, the vineyards are certified organic and farmed biodynamically.