TORONTO — Sandro Bottega, owner of Italian company Distilleria Bottega in Bibano, Italy, treated Canadian food and wine writers to a tasting and talk at Toronto’s National Club on Bay Street Wednesday, Nov. 9.A world traveller, well-known for spreading his company vision, Bottega educated attendees on the virtues of his award-winning products. The Italian entrepreneur didn’t mince words. “Prosecco is not a cheap champagne,” he said. “It’s a different taste, and in Italy we drink it much like wine, during our meal.”
But, aside from producing prosecco, grappa, chocolate liqueur and other spirits, the company is known for its decorative bottles. Referring to a collection of ornate Bottega bottles — many containing a beautiful signature figurine inside — the businessman explained why he began producing original glassware. “Firstly, I like to design,” he began. “Secondly, I want to transform the glass-bottling industry and, thirdly, Bottega has a large female customer base.” The one-of-a-kind products are hand-crafted at his company’s Bibano plant by his exclusive team of Italian glass-blowers.
Bottega’s seminar and tasting centred on several of his company’s brands, including Vino dei Poeti Prosecco DOC, Bottega Vino dei Poeti Rosé, Vino dell’amore – Moscato Petalo,Grappa di Moscato and the chocolate-cream liqueur, Gianduia Bottega.