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by Fred McMillin
for March 13, 1998
Winery of the Week
Ah Hah! It's Bolla!
Now that there was a united Italy [1861), the new country's wine production doubled between 1870 and 1890.
...Hugh Johnson, "Vintage"
1883—Abele Bolla knew a good thing when he saw it. Owner of the Hotel Gambero in Soave, west of Venice, he started a winery. His first wine was a Soave.
1993—Much of the fame earned world-wide by the wines from the Venician hills, particularly Soave, is owed to one brand, Bolla, which has become a household word in the United States.
...Carlo Petrini, "Slow Food Guide to Wine"
What a legacy. Abele's original inn is still operating. His great grandson, Francesco Bolla, heads the 2.5 million case winery. Francesco pays close attention to U.S.A. tastes. The first Bolla wine arrived in this country just 50 years ago...200 cases of red Bardolino. Today, Bolla is the biggest-selling premium import brand in America. Here are some of the reasons for such success.
Bolla Soave Classico
While you may not have known that Francesco Bolla spends much time in Verona, you do know of two earlier Verona residents. Their names were Romeo and Juliet.
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