What about Luca?
This summer, Peter, a member of the What About Leo community spent few days traveling in the Veneto area with his son. Being a wine and food lover, Peter spent most of the hours of the day talking to wine producers and obviously trying as many wines as possible. No visit in the Veneto area can be complete without tasting Valpolicella, Ripasso and Amarone. Peter visited several wine producers, some of which very well known. Most of them felt like perfect business machines, with organized tours, marketing, and PR departments. Peter was hoping to find a producer in which the family was still running the whole business. And this is what he found when visiting the Domenico Fraccaroli cellar.
He met Luca, a third generation winemaker. Everything is done in the family, Luca explained to Peter, together with his sister Maria, his brother Domenico and, of course, the father Tiziano. Luca has the same passion his grandfather Domenico and his father have for wine, combined with the typical energy and pragmatism of a younger generation joining.
He recalled how his grandfather started in 1958 in Friuli Venezia Giulia producing both white aromatics wines, such as Friulano, and red firm wines, as Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. It was his father Tiziano, said Luca proudly, who decided to use a piece of land the he owned in a small town called Lavagno, near Verona, to widen the range of products with the most refined wines of the area, and that is how Grotta del Ninfeo Amarone, Ripasso, Valpolicella Superiore and Recioto was born, achieving to this day several awards and quality certificates. In hindsight, this was a wise move, as it allowed their family to start selling abroad and make a name among much larger producers.
After trying the wines we couldn't agree more with Peter: we had to crowd-fund this shipment to the NL!