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Banville Wine Merchants expands Italian portfolio and personnel

Banville Wine Merchants expands Italian portfolio and personnel

Banville Wine Merchants continues to expand its Italian portfolio to include artisanal wineries from across the Italian peninsula with a collection of producers previously imported by Montcalm Imports. To this effect, Banville announced the appointment of Michele Ricci as Vice President of Italian Portfolio.

Lia Tolaini Banville, Owner, Banville Wine Merchants: "As we continue to expand, we seek out people and suppliers who are like minded and who believe in the same core principles as Banville, integrity, quality, authenticity and family. Michele Ricci brings with him a handful of wineries that are a natural fit for Banville and complement our existing producer relationships. Michele will be key in successfully growing our Italian portfolio and managing our supplier partners with the same transparency as we have in the past." 

Michele Ricci, Vice President, Italian Portfolio, Banville Wine Merchants: "I am very enthusiastic about joining the Banville team and I am confident that the selected brands will blend seamlessly with the already prestigious Banville Wine Merchants portfolio because they share the same philosophy that focuses on high-quality and best-value wines. The vision is to support Lia and to continue building a stronger and more complete International Portfolio, to be recognized in the U.S and Canadian markets as the source for quality fine wines".

Banville's investments in personnel in early 2022 bring the company headcount to over fifty people, introducing several new national positions including Chicago based, Director of National Accounts, Kim Johnson.

Gina Della Vedova, VP, National Sales: "We appreciate and respect the presence that these wineries have established in the US market and are looking forward to building on that success with Banvilles resources, national network and dynamic expertise in the US market."