The origins of wine are so old to sink into the legend. Some trace the origin of the vine until Adam and Eve, saying the forbidden fruit of Eden was the succulent grapes and not the anonymous apple. Other tell that Noah thought it well to save the vine from the universal flood reserving a safe place in his ark.
Among the ancient Romans winemaking assumed considerable importance to the point of having Bacchus enter the ranks of the gods. For its part the wine has contributed to the birth of the Roman Empire: the Romans were in fact aware of the bactericidal properties of wine. Plutarch relates that Caesar distributed wine to his soldiers to eradicate a disease that was decimating the army.
What about today! Italy’s vineyards are home to more than 2000 grape varieties, many of which are on the brink of extinction. Italian wines are considered by critics to be amongst the best in the world. As there are twenty different regions to choose from, each with different varieties, it is never difficult to find a fine Italian wine!
Luciano Dellarovere from the province of Asti. During his childhood he spent the summers and weekends in the hilltop home of his family, where he learned the secrets of treating vines and the winemaking processes from his grandfather. Those summers fostered the love and passion that carried on into his adulthood. In 1990 he received the Sommelier certification at the Italian Sommeliers Association.