Ready to meet another one of our people? Let's move on to Martina: she is the one our clients meet in Santa Margherita when they first reach the enchanting San Gimignano, ready to be bewitched by its beauty, taste our products or stay in our lovely facilities. Martina holds three crucial roles: face of the company (she is the very first one you see), key master (without her, the rooms of our apartments do not open) and warehouse gatekeeper (without her permission, no bottle leaves). Let's get to know her better!
#panizzipeople 3: Martina Martinucci
What's your job at Panizzi?
I'm in charge of accommodations booking and logistics.
What is the skill that those who do your job cannot absolutely lack?
As for booking and reservations, the only really necessary feature is patience! People of all nationalities call us or come to us (and sometimes there are communication problems) and at all hours (even those where no guests are supposed to be on the estate). When I interact with them I must always keep in mind that they have traveled halfway around the world to come to us, to taste our wines and enjoy our unique landscape, and then I put friendliness first and everything goes well. As far as logistics and back office activities are concerned, precision, work organization and punctuality are fundamental: the flow of the company depends largely on me!
What is your favorite element in your work?
The variety of tasks: it is not a routine job. When we talk about booking, every request is never the same and I always get excited when the ones contacting us are couples who want to organize their wedding in our facilities in Larniano, a truly enchanting place. As fas as logistics goes, each product order has its own history, wine destinations are the most varied, from remote corners in Italy to the most distant and unsuspected countries around the world. I like these facets of my job, taking shape during the day: sometimes I get to improvise a tasting session for ununnounced guests, some other time I have to study the expedition details for a new country, or meet the oddest requests coming from some client. In short, it is a joyful job, because we sell joy: wine and parties!
What did you do before working in Panizzi?
I come from a very different domain, which as far as I am concerned, was way too much routine. I was an administrative employee, chasing themonthly deadlines that never changed, without any twists or joy: just VAT and tax forms.
What do you do in your free time? What are your passions?
I love life in the open air, walking through our wonderful countryside ... and horseback riding. I truly love these proud animals and I am so lucky to have Isabella, my horse friend, a companion of so many adventures. I love reading, especially novels and the classics of literature. Oh and I also adore crossword puzzles.
What is your favorite wine in Panizzi? Which wine do you identify with most? Why?
I crave sweets, so my favorite wine can only be the Passito. It has no rivals for me and pairs greatly with sweets.
What is your favorite place at Panizzi?
The panoramic terrace in the shade of the large tree next to Villa la Torre in Larniano. From there, the eye sweeps over our vineyards in a surreal silence.
What is your favorite place in San Gimignano?
The church of Santo Bartolo, in via San Matteo. The building dates back to the twelfth century and originally served as a hospital, a shelter for travelers on the Via Francigena. I discovered it by chance only a few years ago, even though I have worked in San Gimignano for over 12 years. It is a small church outside of the touristic routes, a mystical place of silence and peace.