ALLEGRINI FAMILY

PEOPLE

The Allegrini company may be considered the result of the intelligence and hard work of Giovanni Allegrini, who was a straight forward, instinctive man who built an agricultural concern that was solid, efficient and innovative.

He started working at a very young age and perfected the art of wine-making with great skill and an all-encompassing passion. He was given the evocative nickname “the barrel spider” because in the cellar he would proudly invite guests to taste his wine, and whilst listening to comments and opinions, spring like a spider from one precious barrel to another. The life-style, history and culture of Giovanni still represent, today, the key to understanding the philosophy and reasons behind the success of Allegrini. After the premature death of Giovanni in1983, his three offspring took over the company and have run it ever since with impassioned enthusiasm and ever-increasing skill and competence.


FRANCO ALLEGRINI
FRANCO ALLEGRINI

Franco learnt from his father how to ‘inter-connect’ with wine and over time he has shown an intrinsic flair for this delicate and extremely important core aspect of the company’s activities. Thanks to his enthusiasm and the fine-tuning of his experience over the years, today he is considered one of the finest winemakers in Italy.

MARILISA ALLEGRINI
MARILISA ALLEGRINI

Marilisa has been responsible for marketing since 1980: guided by an instinctive passion for wine, she promotes Allegrini wines and the Valpolicella area throughout the world. When she presents a wine, she tells the story of its history, where it comes from, how it pairs with food, the labours of those who work in the vineyards and the efforts made to unite tradition and innovation. Marilisa also cast her eye further afield to other areas of Italy renowned for their viticultural excellence and set out on a fascinating ‘adventure’ in Tuscany: in 2001, with her brother Walter, she founded Poggio al Tesoro in Bolgheri and in 2006, in partnership with Leonardo Lo Cascio, she purchased San Polo, a beautiful Estate in Montalcino.

REMEMBERING WALTER
REMEMBERING WALTER

The eldest of Giovanni’s offspring, Walter died prematurely in 2003, leaving a sense of immense loss in the lives of Marilisa and Franco and in the entire Allegrini company. His straight-forward character was typical of those who live in close and intense symbiosis with nature; in fact the work of the vineyards was his personal responsibility and it is to his memory that his brother and sister have dedicated much of the commitment and energy that have allowed the company to become the leading Winery in the area.

FRANCESCO CATERINA AND SILVIA
FRANCESCO CATERINA AND SILVIA