Welcome to Episode 1484 in which Marc Millon interviews Valentina Abbona of Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo in today’s episode of Wine, Food & Travel The winery is awarded the Best Red Wine 2023 Trophy, Barolo DOCG Sarmassa 2018 at the 5StarWines & Wine Without Walls wine selection in 2023.
More about today’s guest
About today’s guest:
Valentina Abbona, 6th generation at Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo together with her brother Davide, lives a passionate and profound relationship with wine, which for her is emotion, feeling, history, terroir and – above all – home.
After attending to the Liceo Scientifico in Alba, she moved to Milan where she attended the Bocconi University, where she graduated in Business and Economics. During these years, her personal and professional training grew constantly thanks to various school-exchange programs, which took her from Manchester to Hyderabad (India) and then to New York. Her highly “international” career continues in Shanghai, where she worked for about a year for a niche high-profile consultancy firm.
Meanwhile she was attending university, she also accompanied her mother Anna on her numerous business trips all around the world, which allowed her grasp the most diverse perspectives of the wine business and to exploit them in the perfect crossroads of tradition and innovation represented today by Marchesi di Barolo. Today, Valentina is one of the two female faces of Marchesi di Barolo, together with her mother Anna they carry on the dream of a great woman: Juliette Colbert de Maulévrier, descendant of the Minister of Finance of the Sun King and connoisseur of good wine. Having moved to the Marquis Carlo Tancredi Falletti’s estate after her wedding, Juliette immediately sensed the potential of the grapes grown in Barolo: her vision and perception of our lands gave rise to what is now considered the king of wines and, not by chance, the wine of kings.
More about the host Marc Millon:
Marc Millon, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador 2021, has been travelling, eating, drinking, learning and writing about wine, food and travel for nearly 40 years. Born in Mexico, with a mother from Hawaii via Korea and an anthropologist father from New York via Paris, he was weaned on exotic and delicious foods. Marc and his photographer wife Kim are the authors of 14 books including a pioneering series of illustrated wine-food-travel books: The Wine Roads of Europe, The Wine Roads of France, The Wine Roads of Italy (Premio Barbi Colombini), and The Wine Roads of Spain. Other titles include The Wine and Food of Europe, The Food Lovers’ Companion Italy, The Food Lovers’ Companion France, Wine, a global history. Marc regularly lectures and hosts gastronomic cultural tours to Italy and France with Martin Randall Travel, the UK’s leading cultural travel specialist. He is soon to begin a regular series on Italian Wine Podcast, ‘Wine, food and travel with Marc Millon’. When not on the road Marc lives on the River Exe in Devon, England
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