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Grana Padano

Maurizio Uggé, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Maurizio Uggé

Former top manager of an important Italian food business, Maurizio went to live in Australia in 1993. As a manager of a long operating importer of Italian products, above and beyond the commercial results he achieved, he contributed significantly to generate a cultural change towards Italian wines in Australia, from the cheap Chianti in raffia-covered bottles and the even cheaper anonymous Lambrusco in 1.5 litre flagons (regarded as the norm on Australian supermarket shelves and beverage shops) to the great variety and quality of today’s offer. Many Australian importers have followed his example and today his firm alone has a portfolio of over 350 wines from wineries such as Domenico Clerico, Planeta, Argiolas and Ca’ del Bosco.