Welcome to Episode 1637 Stevie Kim moderates Clubhouse’s Ambassadors’ Corner – In this episode, Matt Irwin interviews Luca Speri. These sessions are recorded from Clubhouse and replayed here on the Italian Wine Podcast!
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Matt Irwin grew up in Brisbane Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management before moving to Europe to work as a Tour Manager for Contiki Holidays. It was whilst living in Venice, Italy and leading tours throughout Europe that his love for wine began. Moving to Calgary, Canada in 2005 with his Canadian wife, he started selling some of Italy’s greatest wines to Canada’s best restaurants and wine shops. Returning to Australia in 2012 to Sydney, he spent 11 years working for Australia’s best Italian Wine Importer, Trembath and Taylor where he championed many of Italy’s greatest growers and winemakers. Recently taking a position as Business Development for Australia & New Zealand with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust to follow his passion for Wine Education. Currently studying to be a Master of Wine and most importantly, was awarded the Italian Wine Ambassador in April 2023.
Luca Speri together with his sisters Chiara and Laura and his cousins Alberto, Giampaolo and Giampietro represents the sixth generation of the Speri family. Beside them, there is also Giuseppe, Alberto’s son, of the seventh generation.
Luca is the “youngest” member of his generation at 43 years old but he has already a huge amount of experience. From 2002, he has started working full time in the winery and he has been involved in every activity of the cellar. After several years of mentoring from his father in and his cousins in production activities (viticulture, winemaking,packaging and sales & marketing. Naturally, being completely a family run company, Luca is involved in all parts of the the management and production in the winery. Luca understands all parts of the wine business and has shown his talent for sales exporting his families’ wines to over 60 countries including U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and many others.
Beside the family winery Luca is also a founding Member of the board of Famiglie Storiche, the Association of Amarone Families who are the top wineries producing Amarone. PLUS, is past President & still a Director on the board of the Antica Bottega del Vino in Verona, the most historical restaurant in Verona with one of the top wine lists in the world and a must visit for any wine lover travelling through Verona but watch out during Vinitaly cause it is the hottest place in town.
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