Azienda Agricola Inama Introduces Third Generation of Family Leadership
(Verona, IT; May 15, 2020) —Stefano Inama, head of Azienda Agricola Inama, a top producer of Soave Classico and Colli Berici wines in Italy’s Veneto region, is pleased to introduce the third generation of family leadership actively involved in producing wine from the family’s historic estate. Brothers Matteo, Alessio and Luca Inama are continuing the work of their father Stefano, and grandfather Giuseppe, through the introduction of research-based improvements in both the vineyard and the winery, furthering the family’s legacy of tradition and mindful viticulture practices.
Each brother has a unique and defined role at the winery.
Matteo, age 37, studied economics at Bocconi University of Milano and then worked in wine sales and distribution in the UK, before joining the family’s winery in 2009. He oversees all production with the commercial and administrative arms of the business.
Alessio, age 31, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at the University of Torino and a Master’s of Science degree in Decision Science at City University London. While studying in London, Alessio worked in wine bars and wine retail shops, and later embarked on a career in international business consulting with a focus on start-ups. Alessio joined the family winery in 2017, becoming Director of Sales, Marketing and Communications in 2019.
Luca, age 29, took an agricultural route and obtained a degree in Agriculture Technologies from the University of Bologna. After trying his hand in hospitality at a London wine bar, Luca moved to St. Emilion where he worked at Château Pavie-Macquin and Château Puygueraud. In 2017, Luca joined the viticulture team at Inama. He is particularly interested in sustainability and has also worked in partnership with students at the University of Conegliano to develop natural, bio-stimulating substances to fight viruses and infectious degradation in the vineyards.
In the 1960s, enologist Giuseppe Inama saw the great potential of the region’s old, traditional vineyards at a time when others were more intent on producing larger quantities in the plains for inexpensive exports. Stefano took over the winemaking duties in 1991 and has continued to work tirelessly to realize the potential of these vineyards, working with some of the very best vineyard management consultants in the world to get the family’s vineyards into the best possible shape. Today, his sons have the opportunity to define the winery’s vineyard assets and production even further.
“We are constantly and obsessively improving operations in the cellar as well as the vineyards with the overall goal of preserving and highlighting fruit quality,” explain the brothers. “Each vineyard has been divided up into micro-plots and we have analyzed the composition of subsoils and the resulting behavior of the vines. From this we have identified new means for obtaining extremely expressive grapes from each subplot within each vineyard,” says Matteo Inama.
Imported exclusively by Dalla Terra Winery Direct®, Inama wines are offered at an incredible value due to Dalla Terra’s unique business model. Dalla Terra forgoes the traditional three-tiered distribution system, allowing distributors to purchase and ship wine direct from the wineries, eliminating an average of 25% in mark-ups on each bottle imported.
About Azienda Agricola Inama
Now in its third generation of leadership, the Inama family has been producing wine for over forty years in the Veneto. The family has a well-defined goal to produce different wines whose only aim is to represent their vision of the land, despite the styles and trends of the moment. In the 1950s, prior to founding the Inama estate, Giuseppe Inama began using his savings to purchase small plots of vineyards in the center of the Soave Classico region. At the time few understood the area's potential, but Giuseppe believed that he could make a wine capable of restoring Soave's reputation by working with only top-quality vineyards of old-vine Garganega (Soave’s original grape).
In addition to working with Garganega, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Inama also grows traditional Bordeaux varietals in the historic, hidden zone of Colli Berici – Italy’s oldest DOC for Cabernet and Merlot grapes.
Inama believes in everyday living and minimalism, respecting the winemaking practices that have laid the foundations of modern wine. At Inama, white grapes are picked fully ripe, and after a short maceration and gentle pressing the must is left to settle before a temperature-controlled fermentation and spontaneous malolactic fermentation. In order to preserve both the aromatic intensity and natural balance of the grapes, the wines are bottled with minimum fining and filtration.