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Our Story

Our story, the story of Italyabroad.com, goes hand in hand with mine.

Italyabroad.com’s story began in 2003 in Newcastle, in the north of England, mine started a few years earlier in a village called Gissi in Abruzzo, a beautiful Italian region on the Adriatic coast. I grow up in a family where my mum and grandma would make fresh pasta and cook a 3 course lunch and dinner every day and my dad and granddad produced their own wine and olive oil. When it was time to eat, the whole family would sit together at the table, twice a day, every day, and I was allowed from a very early age, to have a sip, just one, of our wine, my grandma used to say that the wine would have made me stronger and probably she was right. This was my upbringing and the beginning of my passion.

After completing university and a few years in the corporate world, I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I decided to leave everything I had and do something I really loved and had a passion for, and it could only have been something to do with food and wine. Not only I had the knowledge, coming from a wine and olive oil producing family, but I felt that the Italian products available were not what I had when growing up, the majority of products were not available in Italy, despite having an Italian name or an Italian sounding name and a “made in Italy” stamped on the label, and their quality wasn’t the quality I was used to.

In 2003, Italyabroad.com was born and started with a portfolio of 2 small wineries, 8 wines in total, all from Abruzzo, little money but a lot of faith and belief. Italyabroad.com wasn’t just a website, it was my passion, my life, my dream.

Small wineries and producers because I believed that, and still do, small producers offer the best quality, they respect the environment, they don’t charge crazy price but only enough to cover their cost and make a living. Small producers because their food doesn’t have a 2 pages ingredient list with codes and numbers that require an encyclopedia to understand their meaning, small producers because they only use natural ingredients without adding preservative or conservative or kilos of salt or sugar otherwise the food will be tasteless, and lastly, because small producers are real people like me and you, they are not corporations, you can actually talk to them.

The beginning of Italyabroad.com wasn’t easy, very few people believed in my principles and ethos. Wine and especially Italian wine isn’t a straight forward subject. Italy makes a lot of wine, including a lot of bad one, and trying to explain the difference between a good and a bad wine wasn’t easy. Italyabroad.com has not been an easy ride, we have seen a deep recession, supermarket shelves are full of cheap wine and industrial food sold as authentic, but we stuck to our beliefs and principles and never compromised and we are still here.

During this time, to our initial 2 wineries from Abruzzo, plenty more wines have been added, and plenty of food as well, from olive oil to Balsamic vinegar, and the very few times we have entered competitions we always won. In 2012, we entered the Sommeliers Wine Awards and not only we came home with 4 gold medals out of only 6 wines entered, the other 2 won silver, but were also awarded Best Newcomer Wine Merchant of the year, and not because we were new, but we had never entered the competition before and were not based in London, and in 2018 we won the “Best UK independent retailer” at the People Choice Award.

This is what the motivation behind our award “We saw a lot of new submitters at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, so competition for this award was intense. In the end, it went to Italyabroad.com – a Leeds-based company that was new to all of our judges. Key to its success was not just its ability to deliver four impressive Golds from a relatively small overall entry, but to deliver genuinely interesting wines at excellent prices. ” Nowadays there are too many competitions and they are very expensive, and we, together with our producers, have decided that it is not worth entering them anymore.

We only import the best Italian wine and food, we put our faces on every single product, we only sell something when we genuinely think that it tastes great and offer good value for money, we tasted every single product we sell, you can trust us 200%, we don’t buy based on prices, we don’t even mention prices until we taste the products. This is our story and our future.



Latest Reviews

An amazing Gavi di Gavi, like no Gavi I tasted before, elegant, fresh, with a mineral finish. A wine to be enjoyed

Andrea - July 26, 2019

Amazing, great wine. Full of elegance, complex, one of the best italian white wines ever tasted

Andrea - June 22, 2018

Hi Alex I was just going to email you to let you know! Thanks for all your help. The sun is shining and just right for a G&T! Cheers John

john - April 12, 2019

I am Italian and was desperately looking Italian chestnut honey and when I came across this one, organic and raw as well, I could not believe it. I probably use 1 jar per week.

Alessio - March 18, 2019

I am Italian and was desperately looking Italian chestnut honey and when I came across this one, organic and raw as well, I could not believe it. I probably use 1 jar per week.

Alessio - March 18, 2019

I am Italian and was desperately looking Italian chestnut honey and when I came across this one, organic and raw as well, I could not believe it. I probably use 1 jar per week.

Alessio - March 18, 2019

Big, bold, fruity, spicy, a great wine with a fantastic value for money

John - November 30, 2018

I really liked this wine and I'm not a big fan of whites generally. Fruity and round, elegant. Very well made.

John - November 30, 2018

Just bought this wine, had never heard of the wine maker before, together with the Campedel and this is an outstanding value for money Amarone. a great wine and a great company to d

John - November 27, 2018