Abruzzo, Italy (Provence of Pescara)
Cantine Galasso is a family owned winery based in Loreto Aprutino, in the province of Pescara. Pescara is one of the most suitable areas for the production of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo doc. The area enjoys a unique microclimate due to the proximity of the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic coast. All grapes are sourced exclusively from estate vineyards owned by Ettore Galasso. The Galasso’s meld new technology with a classic approach to winemaking.
Kevin was contacted by Ettore Galasso on LinkedIn around 4:00am EST in February of 2016. He responded immediately and was soon visited in DC by Galasso head of exports, Antonio Antonelli. Kevin & Nicole visited Cantine Galasso this September on their honeymoon. After spending 2 days in the vineyards and winery with Ettore and his family, Galasso became Rapp Distributing’s first partner.
Alberobello, Italy (Provence of Bari)
Cantina Albea is a favorite winery of locals in the Bari area, known for implementing modern production techniques within a historical framework and context. The winery was founded at the turn of the last century and is entirely built of stone, with tanks designed to hold the wine carved out of the rock itself.
We discovered Albea on a day trip to Alberobello after taking a wrong turn that landed us in Albea’s parking lot. We didn’t stop in the winery at first, but instead headed into town. There we stumbled upon a local butcher shop, where Nicole is pictured above. We sampled an abundance of meat paired with wine, one of those wines was Il Selve from Albea.
It was getting late after we finished at the butcher shop, but we knew we had to drive back to Albea. There we met Claudio Sisto, owner and winemaker. Claudio welcomed us in and conducted an impromptu tasting. We were in disbelief. The wines were amazing.
Santa Cruz, California
For decades, the Vidovich family has been involved in farming around the Bay Area. It was Grandpa Steve Vidovich's dream to create his own wine label and in 2001 their first vintage was released. A couple years later in 2003 Steve brought on new winemaker Nancy Freire and Vidovich continues to make big and bold handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon each year.
Vidovich wine is exclusively created for friends and family of the Vidovich’s. It is closed to the public. Nicole’s mother Sera is friends with the Vidovich’s and helped orchestrate our ability to represent Vidovich Vineyards on a wholesale level, for the first time. We are so appreciative and proud to represent this amazing, extremely low production wine.