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Riccardo Cotarella

Riccardo Cotarella

Born in Monterubiaglio in 1948 and graduating from Conegliano University in 1968, Riccardo Cotarella is one of Italy’s most successful oenologists and winemakers. He has been named Winemaker of the year by Wine Enthusiast (2001), Best Italian winemaker by Gambero Rosso (2001), Best Italian wine maker by Italian Association of Sommeliers (2002) and “one of the best in Italian winemaking” (Wine Spectator). The influential wine writer Robert Parker Jr. (Wine Advocate) has even named him “one of the most influential wine personalities in the world”.

He is the founder and President of Riccardo Cotarella srl, an oenoligical and wine making consulting company as well as the acclaimed Azienda Agricola Falesco srl, which he started with his brother Renzo in 1979. Since 2000, Ricardo Cotarella has also been named Professor of Oenology and Viticulture at the University of Viterbo and holds seminars all over the world in places such as Atlanta, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, and Singapore.