The arthouse wine team
Dario is Anglo-Italian. Following training with the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) and an apprenticeship with an excellent wine retailer in London, he now lives in Italy where his role is to seek out boutique vineyards with delicious undiscovered Italian wine that we can all enjoy for as long as there are bottles; no two vintages are the same, so Dario has to make sure our stock is consistently good. Our ethos is to move away from the well-known classics and find those hidden cantinas who produce amazing Italian wine that until now has only been drunk by the Italians themselves. Their producers don’t need to advertise as every local town and village already knows about them; now, with Dario’s expertise we can too! None of the vineyards produces more than 150,000 bottles, so the wines are regarded by the winemakers as very special. Dario and his producers strive to bring Italy’s secret wines to those of us who love Italy, scooters, tomatoes, olive oil, pasta, fashion and gorgeous wine.
Maura looks after sales and orders from beautiful Somerset and when not at her desk she is zipping about finding cool little hidden gems of cafes, restaurants, bars and bistros and those independent-minded wine drinkers who are looking for new, exciting, stylish wines from quality, caring producers. She loves all things Italian and is generous-spirited enough to want to share her best-kept bottled secrets.
Clare is WSET trained, has built the website and looks after all things visual; as the Italians say ‘the eye has its place.’ She loves exploring new things, especially our 'secret' Italian wines with us and she makes sure we look as great as we taste.
We hope we can introduce you to new wines - we would like Arthouse Wine to be your great friends inviting you in for a spontaneous drink so 'get a glass and try this, you're going to love it'.....
A meal without wine is called breakfast" - Anon