Rome-born Pierpaolo Barzan, 35, founded Altay Scientific, which manufactures high-tech scientific teaching equipment, in 1997. As his company grew, his world travels introduced him to museums and galleries and he developed a passion for collecting contemporary art, establishing the Depart Foundation last year to highlight emerging artists. Eight years ago, Barzan and his wife, Valeria, bought Poggio Golo, a winery in Tuscany’s Montepulciano region. Recently, they commissioned Los Angeles–based architectural firm Johnston Marklee to build a new structure to house winemaking activities and artists’ residences. Barzan spoke with Wine Spectator associate editor Jennifer Fiedler about balancing tradition and modernity in Italy.
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