Marilisa Allegrini first female
Italian wine producer
on front cover of Wine Spectator
Marilisa Allegrini is the first female Italian wine producer to appear on the cover of Wine Spectator, the world's most popular wine magazine. The April 2017 issue features her as the magazine's cover story with the headline "Italy's Allegrini - A family saga leads to great wines".
Marilisa traces the history of her family, which - with her brother Franco and her niece Silvia, daughter of the late Walter - has put her at the helm of one of the most important wineries in Italy. The Company has estates in the Valpolicella, where Allegrini has its roots, and in two locations in Tuscany: Poggio al Tesoro (Bolgheri) and San Polo (Montalcino).
"We were desperate, because we were young and we didn't have the business in our grasp. I remember [my brother] Walter said, ‘We have to fight like lions for the company to survive.
"Today the name Allegrini - the article states - is synonymous with quality Italian wine, but in 1983, the three young siblings inheriting the family’s Veneto vineyards were inexperienced and overwhelmed. They could have given up, but instead, Marilisa, Franco and Walter Allegrini formed a team that coalesced their individual strengths and went on to grow the company into one of Italy’s leading brands."
Wine Spectator has often dealt with Italian wine and Italian producers, but rarely has it dedicated a front cover story to them. It has only happened in the past with Angelo Gaja, Piero Antinori (twice), Lodovico Antinori and Oscar Farinetti.