Renowned for his exceptional contributions to the Italian wine scene, Axel Heinz, esteemed for his meticulous approach to winemaking, bids farewell to his longstanding roles at Ornellaia and Masseto. With roots in Germany and a formative winemaking career in Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion, Heinz’s visionary leadership since 2005 amplified the stature of both renowned labels, fostering their ascent to the pinnacle of the Liv-ex Power 100. Notably, his tenure witnessed the expansion of the portfolios, featuring stellar additions like the Ornellaia Bianco and the coveted Massetino. Described as humble despite numerous 100-point accolades, Heinz’s departure resonates as he reminisces, underscoring Italy’s indelible imprint on his winemaking journey. His departure raises questions about the future trajectory of these prized Italian wines.