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Bixio Poderi: Five generations of winemaking excellence
by Marie-Claude Veillette, Global Wine & Spirits

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The winemaking history of the Bixio family began five generations ago in Soave, near Verona, Italy, during the Third Italian War of Independence. After the Battle of Custoza that took place on June 24, 1866, Nino Bixio, a high-ranking military officer, met the noblewoman who would become the mother of his son, Alfonso.

As a grown man, Alfonso acquired vineyards in the Soave region, setting the stage for future generations of the Bixio family to cultivate the land.

For four generations, the wine produced by the Bixio family in the regions of Soave, Valpolicella and Arcole was destined for consumption by family members only. But by the mid-1980s, Emilio Bixio, who studied oenology at one of the most prestigious schools in Italy, began to sell his wine in bulk in markets outside of the country, primarily to German buyers.

The New generation

Emilio's two daughters, Elisa and Francesca, are part of the family's sixth generation of winemakers and the Bixio company now exports wine around the world, to Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, the United States and Canada. “With our three estates, we produce three different kinds of wine, for a total product line of nine brands. We have an interesting variety of wines at different price points that we can offer to buyers,” says Elisa Bixio, who is also planning to expand the family's business into Asia.

Elisa's father, Emilio, will participate in the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair being held November 10 – 12, 2016. There, buyers from Asian markets will have the chance to try the Bixio family's products.

“We produce a total of 1.5 million bottles per year, 300,000 of which are from our own estates. We also purchase and redistribute a wide selection of wines made in Sicily, Tuscany and Puglia,” says Elisa.

It's a safe bet to assume that the buyers present at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will be seduced by the Bixio family's rich and complex red wines. Once Elisa and Francesca pass the family business down to their children, the family's 7th generation of winemakers will likely continue to pursue the Bixio tradition with an eye to the continued growth of the business.

For more info about this company and their products, visit their website at www.bixiopoderi.it

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