the wine tourism welcoming



Nazionale: Carlo Pietrasanta

Carlo Giovanni Pietrasanta is a Lombard winemaker, owner of the “Pietrasanta Vini e Spiriti” estate in San Colombano, in the hills of Milan. He has been presiding over the Movimento Turismo del Vino Lombardo, the first regional association established in April 1997, since its foundation.

As one of the founding members of the National Movimento Turismo del Vino, he has always been a wine tourism promoter in Italy and abroad. Attentive to wine lovers’ demands, he created and included “Benvenuta Vendemmia" (Welcome Harvest) in the regional activities in 1997 and "Giro Cantine" (Wine Tour) in 2001, which was later proposed on a national level.

Abruzzo: Nicola D'Auria

Nicola D’Auria is 47 and he was born in Ortona where he still lives. After graduating in accounting he began working at his father's company. He then dedicated himself to studying oenology, olive cultivation and energy sources contributing to the growth of different companies as administrator and president. His multi-faceted entrepreneurial commitment involves the collaboration of his entire family, which ennobles his every venture in his mother’s name, Dora Sarchese. Nicola D'Auria gradually took on more responsibility at prestigious associations on a local, regional and national level, not only in the wine sector but also in cultural, social and business fields. He is married to Anna Rita, and they have two children, Doralinda and Domenico. Nicola D’Auria is currently the President of Movimento Turismo del Vino Abruzzo as well as the Secretary and Councillor of the Italian Academy of Cuisine Chieti Delegation.

Basilicata: Filomena Ruppi

Filomena Ruppi (Filena for her friends) was born in Locorotondo on August 4, 1957. The city in Puglia and her family of origin foretold her future career. Since her birth, she has always “breathed” the fragrances of wine. Her home, in fact, was in a cellar and her toys were tubes, pumps, but also test tubes and flasks. In fact her father was the administrator of a big company from the Piedmont region which had cellars in Puglia (in Locorotondo, but mostly in the areas of Primitivo, Manduria, Sava) and in Sicily. She has basically never missed a harvest in 55 years and not only in her hometown, Locorotondo, but also in Salento and Sicily. Her mentor was her father who taught her to mange a winery, to work with the staff and, mostly, to be able to do the most ordinary jobs herself in order to be able to be an effective manager. His premature passing father left her bewildered also because the company in Piedmont decided to resize their business in Puglia by closing its doors and leaving the management to others. In 1990 at the Wine Technical Day in Locorotondo, she met a producer from Basilicata, Donato D’Angelo, whom she married the following year.

With a degree in winemaking and enology and as a sommelier for over thirty years, she is a member of the commission for tasting wine, “Aglianico del Vulture” with the Potenza Chamber of Commerce. She is the owner of Azienda Agricola D’Angelo, which has about 15 ha of vineyards, along with her husband Donato D’Angelo, in the production area of Aglianico Del Vulture.

Calabria: Pier Luigi Aceti

Pier Luigi Aceti, owner of the Piccole Vigne winery in Aprigliano, Casali di Cosenza, represents the third generation of the business started in 1919 by his grandfather Pietro, carried on by his father Attilio until 1983.
President of Movimento Turismo del Vino Calabria since 1996, he has been behind different activities aimed at the economic recovery of Casali di Cosenza and at the development of a co-operative spirit in the area.
In addition to the family estate, he is also involved in the planning and management of some local and touristic marketing projects.

Campania: Maria Paola Sorrentino


Emilia-Romagna: Antonella Breschi Perdisa


Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Elda Felluga


Lazio: Rossana De Dominicis

Rossana De Dominicis was born in Rome on March 27, 1943. Since 1994 she has been President of Movimento Turismo del Vino del Lazio where, through strategic marketing, she has promoted the Lazio region, its wine and typical products as well as more responsible drinking habits with visits to wineries teaching people about their choices. She organizes five main events during the year for member wineries of Movimento Turismo del Vino: Cantine Aperte in the month of May, Calici di Stelle in August, Benvenuta Vendemmia in September, Cantine Aperte for San Martino in November and Cantine Aperte for Christmas in December.

As President of Movimento Turismo del Vino Lazio, she collaborated with all the regional presidents of Movimento Turismo del Vino in drafting the national laws on getting the Strade del Vino approved in 1999 after various preliminary versions and enacted the “Regulations of Strade del Vino”, Law 27 July 1999, n. 268. By request of the Lazio Region, she collaborated in drafting the Regional Law L.R. 03 August 2001, n.21 “Regulations of Strade del Vino, Olive Oil and typical and traditional food and agricultural products”. In 1994, she actively participated in the creation of the “Giravino” Guide and created the “Welcome Manual” (parameters that a winery must abide by in order to welcome wine tourists) in collaboration with all the regions of the national association. In 2008 she collaborated in the certification of quality with regards to hospitality in wineries with the certification branch, “3° Parco Tecnologico Agroalimentare dell’Umbria”.

As President of Movimento Turismo Lazio and expert in business marketing for wine tourism, she was called by the Rome University Tre in the faculty of Modern Arts to lecture on wine tourism for Masters courses in Alternative Tourism.

Liguria: Paolo Ruffino

Paolo Ruffino Ligurian wine producer from Varigotti for his family estate, Punta Crena, presides over the emerging regional association Movimento Turismo del Vino Liguria, with the belief that wine tourism can be a form of culture and economic resources, even in this small coastal region "where the vineyards slope to the sea".

Lombardia: Caterina Brazzola

Brazzola Catherine, was born in Milano in 1960, always engaged in the family business - Montelio - in Oltrepo 'Pavese, she was a founder of the Movimento Turismo del Vino Lombardo. She was municipal Councillor and Councillor of the Consorzio Vini Oltrepo' Pavese. Currently she is Vice President of Confagricoltura Woman Lombardia, an association that attend to Lombard female agricultural entrepreneurship. She carries on with conviction with her sister Giovanni and her children the quality of winery hospitality.

Marche: Serenella Moroder

In 1999, Serenella Moroder received the honorary title of Cavaliere from the Crescia Academy and has been the Gran Maestro dei Cavalieri della Crescia since 2005. She has also been the Agriculture Representative in the Ancona Chamber of Commerce on the Female Entrepreneurship Committee to promote, support and spread the culture of business enterprise for women. Since July 2008, she has been regional president of "Terranostra", a Coldiretti association that promotes local holiday farmhouses. From 2010 to 2012 she has been Assessore in the Marche Region Institutional Body and on the Ancona City Council since 2009.

Molise: Gabriele Di Blasio

Born in Termoli 43 years ago, he is married to Isabella and they have two children, Francesco and Giulia. Practically a teetotaller until he was 30, he had an epiphany at the “Salone del Gusto 2000” in Turin where he fell in love with the Slow Food philosophy of “good, clean and fair” food. Back home, he began to attend courses about wine, cheese and cold cuts, and the initial passion slowly turned into his profession, almost. After being an AIS delegate for the province of Campobasso in June 2012, he was appointed Chairman of Movimemento Turismo del Vino Molise. He is still a taster and speaker at AIS courses as well as delegate and speaker at ONAF courses.

Piemonte: Maurizio Vellano

President of Movimento Turismo Vino Piemonte since 2011, Maurizio Vellano was born 52 years ago in Camino (Alessandria) in the “Basso Monferrato”. In 1982 he founded a software company, and then went into the car electronics industry with a company that soon became a global leader. Spending long periods abroad, he witnessed the evolution of the U.S. market, especially in the field of wine tourism marketing. Back in Italy, he transformed the family winery in Cà, San Sebastiano Wine Resort SPA, which soon became a testing ground for innovative marketing strategies. After making his estate a successful model, he now offers the same strategies to other private and public companies.

Puglia: Sebastiano de Corato

Born in Bari in 1972, he is named after his grandfather who founded the Rivera Winery in 1950. After his childhood on the family farm in Andria, he moved to Bari where he completed his studies in Economics. Before joining the family business, where he is now sales and marketing manager, he had some significant market experiences abroad. Cosmopolitan wine and food lover, he goes to stay in his Trullo to relax with his wife and his two children whenever possible. Firm believer in the utility of an associative life, he has been the AGIVI Vice President - Association of Young Italian Wine Entrepreneurs-since 2004. He has been councillor of UIV - Italian Wine Union - and President of MTV Puglia since 2012, after having been a councillor and Vice President of the Association since its foundation.

Sardegna: Valentina Argiolas

Valentina was born in 1977, into a family of wine growers of Serdiana, in the countryside of southern Sardinia near Cagliari. From a very early age she was involved in the winery’s life, playing among the wine barrels and the crates of harvested grapes, and witnessing for more than thirty years the history of her family’s business. The winery was founded by Antonio Argiolas, her paternal grandfather and the family’s patriarch, who even after handing the business over to his children remained its bedrock until the ripe old age of 103.
Valentina, who holds a degree in Business Studies, handles the winery’s marketing and public relations. Her role is to spread the word about the Argiolas wines, share her family’s history, and tell the story about the land and the dedication that goes into crafting the family’s wines. The winery focuses on Sardinia’s traditional and native grape varieties, including those lesser known outside the island, such as Nuragus, Monica, Bovale and Nasco, and this requires dedication to promoting their unique qualities.
Valentina has two small children and so, as all working mothers with a demanding position, she has become adept at running a busy schedule and making sure everything fits together smoothly. She hopes that her children will inherit from Antonio both vision and passion.
One thing is certain, however, and that is her children will soon be playing hide and seek among the great wine barrels that once belonged to her beloved grandfather.  

Sicilia: Elio Savoca

Elio Savoca was born in Piazza Armerina in 1955, son of a farmer who experienced the postwar agricultural reform. He studied and worked on the family farm obtaining his diploma as a mechanic followed by his diploma as a surveyor and draughtsman. After passing as an officer cadet, he got his diploma as an agriculturist and decided to dedicate himself to the family business immediately bringing about improvements, innovations and expansion opening the first agriturismo on the family farm in 1991.

In 1990 he took over Feudo Gigliotto where a monastery dating back to the year 1300. He restored it and made a home there for his own family. Elio married Laura and has three children: Cristina (18), Giovanni Maria (13) and Sara Maria (11). In 2000, the Gigliotto winery opened its gates to the farm holiday business. Later he started an improvement plan by planting 20ha of vineyards, mostly local varieties.

A modern cellar was also built for which Elio obtained an award in 2009 as an innovative winery from Mrs. Marcegaglia (President of Confindustria, the Italian employers’ federation), an award given by the Head of State. Today the winery is one of the most visited by international tourists and the Gigliotto winery is among the most prestigious in Sicily with eight labels: four red, one white, one rosé, one moscato and 1 spumante.

Today Elio has taken over the role as President of the Strade del Vino of Castelli Nisseni, and, on February 22, 2013 during the renewal of the board of governors of Movimento Turismo del Vino for Sicily, he was elected President stating, “I am proud and honoured of this new role assigned to me, I hope to be able to match the objectives obtained by outgoing President, Salvatore La Lumia.”

Toscana: Violante Gardini

Born in Montalcino in 1984, Violante took a degree in Economics at the University of Florence. After her OIV degree, which took her around the world visiting the most famous wine regions, she is now marketing her mother’s, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, wines. Other than travelling abroad and taking part in wine fairs, Violante manages the Toscana Lovers shop that sells handicraft objects in the centre of Siena. Violante is member of the Leo Club Valli Senesi and is Vice President of the Strada del Vino Orcia

Trentino Alto Adige: Valentina Togn


Umbria: Filippo Antonelli

Born in Rome in 1960, he manages two family wineries : Antonelli San Marco in Montefalco (Perugia) and Castello di Torre in Pietra in Fiumicino (Roma) where began to work after completing his degree in Agricultural Science in Perugia in 1985. He has been President of the Consortium for the Protection of Montefalco wines from 1986 to 1996 and President of the National Center of Raisin Wines. He has four children and lives between Rome and Montefalco. Since 2012 he has been President of Movimento Turismo del Vino Umbria and Vicepresident of the Consortium for the Protection of Montefalco Wines.

Valle d'Aosta: Stefano Celi

Stefano was born in 1971 into a family with a long history in agriculture in the Valle d’Aosta. Since his childhood he has been in direct contact with the hard but captivating work in the countryside, which intrigued him so much that he wanted to study in this field.

Graduating from the Istituto Salesiano di Lombriasco in 1990 in agriculture, he started work for the Assessorato all’Agricoltura in the Valle d’Aosta Region while following the family farm at the same time.

Since 2005, he has been working in agriculture full time, especially in viticulture perfecting cultivation and harvesting techniques as well as the winemaking process over the years thus creating La Source, his own winery, founded in 2003.

He is currently the President of VIVAL, the association that unites wine producers of the Valle d’Aosta.

He has a passion for antiques, folklore and local tradition and has been able to unite his work with the quest for objects and anecdotes about the history of agriculture in the Valle d’Aosta, which will be displayed at the holiday farmhouse which is under construction at his winery.

Veneto: Giorgio Salvan

Giorgio Salvan, winemaker of the family estate in Due Carrare (Padua), was born in 1947. He graduated in Agricultural Science in Padua in 1970 and specialized in phytopathology in Bologna. As an agronomist, he is registered to the Order of Padua. He has worked for more than 20 years in dairy cattle selective breeding and has been President of the Veneto Confagricoltura. Active since 1972 in the Consortium Doc “Colli Euganei”, he founded the Wine Route Colli Euganei and was president from 2002 to 2010.