About Sabatini Gin

One family and two passions: Tuscany and good Gin

Sabatini family, Teccognano Bassa in 1912
Sabatini family, Teccognano Bassa in 1912

There are no less than four members of the two branches of the Sabatini family responsible for creating Sabatini Gin: Filippo with his cousins Enrico, Niccolò and their father Ugo. The four are united by their family’s passion for the aperitif, a ritual dating back to the beginning of the last century, and a passion that they have combined with the desire to set up a business that involved the whole family. Their different occupations in marketing, finance and law have often led them to work successfully abroad, but the Sabatinis have always maintained a close connection with their homeland, particularly with Cortona and Teccognano, the Tuscan village the company is named after. This is where the family’s homes are located, purchased by their great grandparents over a century ago: Villa Sabatini and Villa Ugo, a beautiful hillside property with rental homes, allowing guests a stay in the Tuscan countryside.

A family tradition

Grandfather Guglielmo, oenologist
Grandmother Rosina, Guglielmoʼs wife

The Sabatini family’s passion for the world of spirits began to take form at the beginning of the last century, with Guglielmo Giacosa, Ugo Sabatini’s maternal grandfather. Born at the end of the nineteenth century in Alba, a famous winemaking area in the region in Piedmont in northern Italy, Guglielmo got a degree in enology and Cinzano sent him to Bolivia to manage their local factory there and begin producing their world-famous vermouth, thus making him one of very few people to know its recipe. He was subsequently transferred to the Australian branch of Cinzano, in Melbourne. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he faced an adventurous journey back to Italy to sign up for the army, but was captured en route and detained in a prisoner-of-war camp in Australia, together with his wife and children. At the end of the war he was released and returned to Melbourne, where he was hired by one of the most important Australian wine companies, Wynns & Co, for which he created a line of Italian products named Boronia, including vermouth and marsala. Having returned to Italy in the mid sixties, Guglielmo Giacosa passed away in Alba in 1973.

Cortona and Teccognano: culture and quality of life

Teccognano, the place from where the Sabatinis come from, is a small village near Cortona, in the southeast corner of Tuscany. Cortona’s roots sink into ancient history as it was already important in Etruscan times. It is a town brimming with cultural attractions and historical sites, thus much loved by visitors.

Teccognano Alta in 1920
Italian tavern in Melbourne at the beginning of the 20th century