The years following the First World War saw the development, at Masi di Lasino, of a new agricultural commitment for brothers Oreste and Giulio Pisoni.
The war left a deep scar in the souls of the two brothers from the mountains. Having left young to face the war, they returned as full-grown men.
A lot of work awaited Oreste and Giulio. They had to take a farm that had been neglected - by necessity - for a long time, and get it up and running again.
The new technologies they had learnt at the Agricultural School in San Michele all'Adige - before leaving for the war - proved invaluable. First and foremost, they worked on the farm in Lasino. They dedicated their time to the fields, the vineyards, and the stable. They refurbished the wine cellar and the small distillery. But they also dedicated a lot of work to the agricultural property located at Masi di Lasino (the area now known as Pergolese). Oreste and Giulio went down to "Sarca" every day, early in the morning, and return to Lasino in the evening, together with a large group of other farmers.
In 1926, Oreste married Bianca Pisoni of Calavino, and in 1927 Giulio married Erminia Segalla of Vigne di Arco.
In 1927, they moved to Masi di Lasino permanently. Oreste and Giulio's two families went to live in the old residential hamlet, next to the mountain, which they had suitably refurbished.
The great financial depression of 1929 had a particularly heavy impact on the lives of Oreste and Giulio. During an initial phase of deflation - in exchange for raw materials purchased at specific prices, and investments in structures - prices for the finished product dropped rapidly. Calculations failed. Nobody was buying anything, because nobody had money. The subsequent period of inflation within the context of the crisis improved things a bit. And even the debts, little by little, were paid off.
The great depression passed, and life on the Pisoni farm returned to normal. The company, which had always been a single unit, found natural and accentuated diversifications as it kept growing: cultivating the fields, running the wine cellar, and running the distillery. Each member of the Pisoni family was capable of interacting within each individual sector. This was the company's great strength. Oreste preferred the agricultural business, Giulio was happier with the management of the company - in administrative terms - especially as concerned the wine cellar and the distillery.
When the Second World War began, with Hitler's invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 (Italy engaged in the conflict as it declared war on England and France on 10 June 1940), the Pisoni family at Masi di Lasino were not called to fight. Oreste and Giulio were too old, and their children still too young.
During the Second World War, Oreste had six children: Angela, Lucilla, Vittorina, Gino, Franco, and Lodovica. Cecilia was born later. Giulio had four children: Enrica, Arrigo, Vittorio and Giulia. The two families lived under the same roof, and at lunchtime and dinner time they sat around the same table.
Arrigo - who at the time was only a little boy - would later clearly remember the coming and going of cartloads of marc drawn by horses, mules or oxen, and the despair and anger of his father Giulio and his uncle Oreste on finding - in carts coming from all over, and especially from the Giudicarie area - small lots of marc, dried or mouldy, rotten or acescent, that these poor farmers sent to the authorised distilleries.
In spite of the hard times during the war, the families of Giulio and Oreste Pisoni carried on in reasonable serenity. They did not suffer hunger, but they did not prosper either. Polenta was their staple food. Sometimes, the American and English bombers flew over the area, dropping their deadly load. As a precaution, a small air raid shelter was built in the rock next to the distillery. Years later, it became a large and cool cellar, ideal for spumante.
Among the cousins and siblings, natural affinity developed in school, at work, and while playing. In particular, Gino and Arrigo became inseparable. They had many interests in common. They have been always together at school, at work, and in their professional endeavours.