Anna has been involved in making wine for over thirty years. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, she is formally trained as an oenologist. However, a chance meeting with her now husband, Eric Narioo in 2004, set her on a different path from making Super Tuscans. Eric, one of the early advocates of “natural” wines took her on a journey through the Savoie, Jura and Loire to see how vignerons were farming their land and creating their wines. Anna was hooked and with Eric by her side, set out to find their own plot of vineyard to work together. The fascination and relatively unknown terraces of Mt Etna caught their attention and in 2008, their first wine “Vino di Anna Rosso” was made.
Frenchman, Eric Narioo has been in the wine industry forever! Passionate about wine, Eric has been sourcing wines of terroir and typicity from around the globe for years. Over the past fifteen years, as well as being the MD of the highly successful UK wine importing company, Les Caves de Pyrene and behind the creation of a group of natural wine bars and restaurants, he has been responsible for the vineyards and winemaking at “Vino di Anna” with Anna. Always with an “eye” for an abandoned vineyard and a desire to experiment, perhaps this wine estate should have been called “Vini di Eric”…. only it doesn’t sound quite as good in Italian.
The “Vino di Anna” team is young, energetic, passionate and local. Tonino, Nino, Valerio, Antonio, Nerina and Enzo have all been part of the “squadra” of Vino di Anna for many years. Working alongside Eric and Anna, they hand tend the vineyards, help produce and bottle the wines, harvest the olives and tend to the bees. Each one of them are an important part of this small, family domain.