The Castello del Terriccio owner, Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana is from a noble family who followed The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and the Swabians to Italy and who, since 1271, have held farmlands and vineyards in the country. At the time he was a passionate equestrian whose time was occupied by international equestrian events. A riding accident brought this pastime to an abrupt end when Gian Anniable’s horse fell and rolled over him, leaving him without the use of his legs. He has accepted the hand fate has dealt him by having to renounce horsemanship but continues to manage the rest of the estate. To do so he drives a jeep across the estate, where many would not venture, to oversee the agricultural work in the fields and vineyards.