Marchesi Antinori & Antica Napa Valley

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Erik Saccomani
State Manager - Marchesi Anitnori 

Born in February 1981, Erik was raised in the city of Verona, Italy. Erik graduated from hospitality school in 2000, and has since forged his passion for wine and food by working in several recognized restaurants in Italy and also in the US as a sommelier and beverage director. 

Over the years, Erik has graduated from a variety of wine courses in both Italy and the US and is currently a certified sommerlier by AIS and ONAV in Italy. He most recently passed the first level of testing at the Court of Master Sommelier.  

His passion for wine, with a focus on Italian varieties and regions, paired with his willingness to educate other in his market has made him an invaluable asset throughout his career.  

Today, Erik oversee the Florida market for Marchesi Antinori with responsibilities spanning across the southeastern United States. 

Glenn Salva 
Wine Estate Manager - Antica Napa Valley 

Glenn C. Salva is responsible for all winegrowing activities for Antica Napa Valley, the Antinori Family’s Napa Valley, California wine estate. Glenn assumed the role of Wine Estate Manager in December 2002. 

The Antinori Family has been making wine for over six hundred years. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business from their offices in Florence. Marchese Piero Antinori is President of the company, and is assisted by his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. The Antinori Family reputation has grown throughout the centuries by making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land.  

As well as the family’s traditional heritage of estates in Tuscany and Umbria, investments have been made over time in other areas highly suited to quality wine production in a quest to promote new terroirs, rich in winegrowing potential. Piero Antinori made his first visit to Napa Valley in 1966 and knew from his very first visit that someday the opportunity would allow for his family to have a wine estate in this celebrated region.  

In 1985 the Antinori Family purchased a beautiful estate in the Napa Valley, an area well known for its fine red wine production. The estate is situated on the eastern mountains of Napa Valley at an altitude of 1400 to 1800 feet above sea level. The Antinori Family was attracted to this spectacular property located on the high plateau because of its wine growing potential; its rocky soils, high elevations and beautiful landscape. The hilly terrain is above all ideal winegrowing country. The wine estate is located above the east of the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Today, there are 600 acres of vineyard planted on the state, along with the estate winery and extensive network of caves used for barrel aging.  

In 2006, the estate was named Antica Napa Valley, with a perfectly harmonious blend of Tuscan and Californian styles in its DNA. “Antica” is a symbol for Antinori California and represents the realization of a long-standing desire and is also a milestone in the production of great Antinori Family wines in the Napa Valley.  

In addition to his Napa Valley responsibilities, Glenn also provides assistance to other Antinori wine ventures located in the New Worlds. In Washington State, Antinori along with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates produces Col Solare. Antinori and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates together manage and produce the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars also located in Napa Valley.  

Glenn earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1976 where he majored in Viticulture. Glenn brings 30 years of Napa Valley winegrowing experience to his responsibilities at Antica Napa Valley.


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