News Release: August 6th, 2019
About: Franco Serra Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Monday, September 30th from 5 to 6:30pm for a tasting of Franco Serra Wines "on the house" @MetroWines sponsored by "Ciao Asheville," your Italian Cultural Forum in Asheville.
The event will be hosted by Antonio Sperone, the producer of Franco Serra Wines, who joins us for the event from Italy!
"If you shop @MetroWines, you know Franco Serra Wines, especially the Barbera, the Barbaresco, all of them!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Franco Serra offers excellent quality for the price."
As always, wines poured will be offered at an event price. And Antonio would be delighted to sign your bottle!
About Antonio Sperone:
Antonio Sperone is the son of Giacomo Sperone, founder of the Giacomo Sperone Company. Founded in 1960, the Giacomo Sperone company is one of the most relevant producers of Vermouth and sparkling wines in Italy. Antonio joined the family business in the seventies after obtaining a degree in chemistry.
In 1983 the family opened a second winery, Tenute Neirano (producer of the Franco Serra wines), in the Asti area. Tenute Neirano produces and bottles high quality wines from the Piedmont area. Antonio became CEO in 1995. Currently he is also the director of production of both Tenute Neirano and Giacomo Sperone companies. His daughter, Francesca and son, Andrea have since joined the family business.
About Franco Serra Winery:
Franco Serra is produced by the Sperone family who have been making affordable premium wines for four generations. In 1920, Antonio Sperone opened a small wine shop in Torino where he sold bulk wine directly to consumers. Unsatisfied with the quality and price of the local wine, Antonio started his own winery in Puglia where land was inexpensive and produced good wine.
He built a bottling facility in Torino and was soon able to offer his customers quality wines at prices everyone could afford. Sadly, it was destroyed when the city was bombed in WWII. The winery in Puglia survived the war and enabled Antonio’s grandson Giacomo to open a new facility near Milan where he produced vermouth, sparkling wines, spirits and fine wines. With the help of his sons Paolo and Antonio, the company grew quickly and achieved distribution throughout Italy and expanded into foreign markets.
In 1965, the family purchased 75 acres of prime vineyards in Piedmont and built a new winery in the small town of Mombaruzzo just outside Monferrato. Even as prices fetched for wines from this increasingly fashionable region continue to climb, the Sperone family proudly focuses on value. Franco Serra provides everyone with the opportunity to drink thoughtfully crafted, distinctive wines from Italy’s most renowned region.
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