Ep. 1444 Emilia Aiello | Masterclass US Wine Market With Juliana Colangelo

Welcome to Episode 1444 on Italian Wine Podcast, today on Masterclass US Wine Market With Juliana Colangelo she will be interviewing Emilia Aiello.

More about Emilia Aiello:
Emilia Aiello is an Oakland, CA native, born to an immigrant Italian family. Unknowingly, she began her wine career in her cousin’s restaurant in their hometown of Oakland, California. In 2012 she moved to New York City and continued her restaurant career at Lupa Osteria Romana in Greenwich Village. In 2016 she accepted the Wine Director position and in 2018, took on the dual role of General Manager/Wine Director.

Emilia’s love to learn, combined with her interest in discovering her Sicilian roots, led her to take a profound interest in southern Italian wines. In 2016 she passed the rigorous Vinitaly International Wine Ambassador exam which only led her further down the rabbit hole. In 2018 she embarked on a grape harvest adventure on Mt. Etna, Sicily, where she worked with Ciro’ and Stef Biondi. Since then, she frequently travels to the region and in 2021 made the first accurate and publicly accessible map of the Etna DOC wine region.

After a pandemic harvest in Ciro’, Calabria with Francesco and Laura De Franco of ‘A Vita, Emilia began her current business endeavor, Cittavino & Co.- an online wine company dedicated to the study and promotion of lesser known southern Italian wine regions. She speaks Italian fluently and travels to Italy regularly, as working with producers, walking their vineyards and cellars, has become fundamental to her documentation of the rich viticultural history of the South. Her choice to focus on smaller producers is based on her belief that wine is food and that farm work should be respected, revered, and earn a livable wage.

Emilia is constantly in awe and in search of the intersectionality of cultures. She is so excited to share the cosmopolitan history of southern Italy with you!

In addition to being a Vinitaly International Italian Wine Ambassador Emilia is a WSET Diploma Candidate.

You can learn morel by visiting:
www.cittavino.co/about
www.instagram.com/cittavino_co/

More about Juliana Colangelo:
Juliana Colangelo is a Vice President at Colangelo & Partners, the leading wine and spirits communications agency in the U.S. Juliana joined Colangelo & Partners in 2013 with previous experience in events, hospitality, and nonprofit development. During her tenure at C&P, Juliana has led the development of the California office, growing the agency’s domestic presence to a dedicated office of 13 people with representation of leading wine companies such as Jackson Family Wines, Far Niente, Charles Krug Winery, Foley Family Wines and more. Juliana has completed her WSET Level 3 and her eMBA in Wine Business with Sonoma State University, allowing her to bring a strategic and sales-oriented approach to communications strategy for the agency. In 2021, Juliana was named one of PR News’ Top Women in PR in the “Rising Stars” category. In 2022 Juliana became a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador.

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Until next time, Cin Cin!

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