Our team

RichardRichard Parsons : the owner
Richard is an eminent New Yorker who consolidated a life-long passion for wine in 2000 when he purchased the Palazzone property. In spite of his important professional commitments he finds time to be present at the estate in the significant moments of the “wine year.” He is here to harvest in person and also to decide the wood aging and blending for each vintage.


LauraLaura Gray : the estate manager
Laura is a trained sommelier and has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford. She has lived in Montalcino since 1995 and has always worked with wine. She has been at Il Palazzone since 2003 and is the estate manager.


Filippo Cirri : the cellarman
Filippo is a Florence University graduate in Viticulture and Enology who joined us in March 2019.



Maurizio Castelli @ Il Palazzone 10 gennaio 2017Maurizio Castelli : consultant winemaker            

Born in Milan and long-term resident in Tuscany, Maurizio has been working as an enological consultant since the 1980s. He has ongoing projects in both Chile and California and a wine club, Vitis Vinifera, in Montisi. He and his team also oversee the agronomical side of our operations since what happens in the vineyards is crucial to the quality of our wines.


1-IMG_2398Jenny Cuddihy: US sales
Jenny Cuddihy has worked in the Food & Beverage industry for over 15 years in Boston and New York. She spent 7 years working for an International Importer/Distributor based in New York City. She has an Advanced Diploma with the WSET and has traveled to many wine regions throughout the US and Europe. She handles the US Distribution, Marketing & Sales for Il Palazzone.