Women in Wine in Franciacorta: Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi

Happy Valentine’s Day. I am excited for an afternoon discussion on Franciacorta to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. I have a gorgeous bottle of Rose to open from this winery but I wanted to repost this article I wrote back in 2009 about them. Such memorable women and wines.

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Some years ago I had the occasion to interview Pia Donata Berlucchi, CEO of Fratelli Berlucchi and President of Le Donne del Vino, an Italian association of women in wine started in 1988. She was extremely intelligent, very professional and really impressive with sharp and piercing blue eyes. I remember being a little intimidated by this tall woman from Lombardy in the interview. She was a real donna manager as they say in Italian, tough and practical. We spoke about what qualities women bring to the wine business and the difficulties that they sometimes face. I spoke with Pia Donata Berlucchi as part of a project that I have been working on for a number of years. She has been at the helm of her family company since 1977 and President of Le Donne del Vino since 2003. In 2008 she was given an award for female manager of…

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