Ep. 1964 Barbara Fitzgerald | Masterclass US Wine Market With Juliana Colangelo

Welcome to Episode 1964 on Italian Wine Podcast, Masterclass US Wine Market With Barbara Fitzgerald. In this episode, we delve into the Italian wine industry's thriving Direct to Consumer channel, exploring its remarkable growth potential and how wineries can leverage this evolving landscape to bolster customer engagement and increase revenue in a competitive market.

More about today’s guest:

With a career of nearly two decades in the wine industry, Barbara specializes in D2C marketing and business development. She's led roles from entry level to senior management, combining her extensive experience with data analysis, critical thinking and storytelling while driving revenue growth and brand recognition for California wineries. As a part of the 4th generation of an Italian-American family among the California wine industry pioneers, Barbara has spent her life around wine growing, production, marketing, distribution and hospitality. A Syracuse University graduate, she returned to California to gain diverse industry perspectives from a range of wineries. As an Italian Wine Ambassador, she brings her expertise to the Italian wine market, known for its authenticity and consumer demand. Barbara now runs Apri La Creative Consulting, coaching wineries in Italy and the US to strategically develop their D2C channels in line with their brand values. Together with her husband, Barbara also owns and operates a boutique wine production company, and a small import company specializing in Italian wines to the US.

Connect:

Instagram @aprilabottiglia

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/barbara-fitzgerald-iwa/

Website www.aprilacreative.com

More about Juliana Colangelo:

Juliana Colangelo is a leading communications and marketing professional for the beverage alcohol industry. Currently, Juliana is a Senior Brand Manager at Frederick Wildman, where she is focused on building their Italian wine portfolio. Prior to that, she led the California Division as a Vice President at Colangelo & Partners, the leading wine and spirits communications agency in the U.S. for over 10 years. During her tenure at C&P, Juliana led the development of the California office, growing the agency’s domestic presence to a dedicated office of 15 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. 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.

Connect:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/julezcolang/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jules.colangelo/

Twitter: twitter.com/JulezColang  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliana-colangelo-mba-04345539/ 

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