Ventisei winemaker Eline: " I was bitten by the wine bug a long time ago, but it really hit me hard when I arrived in Montepulciano, Tuscany. My mother, Virginie Saverys, had taken over Avignonesi winery. Observing her and her team walking the vineyards and caring for every single bunch of grapes was so fascinating. The way they manage to bottle the message of each vintage in such a unique manner, giving voice to a specific terroirwas like a budburst and I wanted to take a step further.
When I turned 26, I opened my first wine bar in Antwerp, Avini. I often visited Avignonesi of course and during one of their blending session I couldn't resist, so I sneaked in. For fun, I tried my own little blend...and I fell in love on the spot. When I was looking for a name for this wine, it came only natural to refer to this intende and wine-fueled year. And that is how it all began. Ventisei - 26 in Italian - was born. "