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Angra Wine sources Italian tipple with great value

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Angra Wine's Giacomo Pallesi (above) says that for price-conscious customers, there is great value in Italian wines as a good Brunello or Barolo would be priced between S$65 and S$100, a cost that would not be possible with a first growth Bordeaux or top Burgundy producer.

SINGAPORE-BASED Italian wine distribution company Angra Wine & Spirit Importers Pte Ltd's owner Giacomo Pallesi is an avid wine lover himself. Despite operating in an extremely competitive and saturated market, Mr Pallesi has been able to differentiate himself through selecting boutique wineries and importing over 250 wine labels, an Italian Beer Menabrea and craft Italian spirits.

Mr Pallesi hails from a family which owns boutique wineries in Tuscany and Umbria, and all the wines that Angra imports are only of the highest quality as Mr Pallesi chooses to only source from sustainable winemakers who do not manipulate their products with flavouring, artificial colours or sulphites.

In recent times, the palates of consumers have also grown more adventurous with an increased appreciation for Italian wines, observes Mr Pallesi. Where it was once available mainly in Italian restaurants, Italian wines today are now sold in many restaurants that serve up international cuisines and also in hotels.

Guests and patrons welcome the idea of discovering other grape varieties, going beyond a Chianti, Prosecco or Pinot Grigio.

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Mr Pallesi says that for price-conscious customers, there is great value in Italian wines as a good Brunello or Barolo would be priced between S$65 and S$100, a cost that would not be possible with a first growth Bordeaux or top Burgundy producer.

However, this might not last for long, he warns. Premium Italian wines are produced in limited quantities, and with the increasing consumption of wine in China, he foresees pricing of such wines to increase drastically.

But perhaps, what is most endearing to those who have met or have had the pleasure of doing business with Mr Pallesi, is his genuine approach to life that he injects into his business ventures: a true embodiment of the Italian phrase, "Gioia di vivere" - Joie de vivre or joy of life.

With a vision to bring the Italian way of life to South-east Asia, Mr Pallesi has since ventured into a cutting-edge event space: Cargo39, an exclusive showroom space tucked away in the Tanjong Pagar Distripark where he says that he has held art exhibitions and events for major brands such as Apple, Tiffany, Gucci and Lamborghini.

Mr Pallesi says that he also has plans to expand his business beyond Singapore, with the goal of becoming the key supplier of Italian wines (and exporter of Italian culture!) for South-east Asia.