An Italian immigrant, Gervasi Head Winemaker Andy Codispoti traces his passion for wine to his youth in a small mountainside village in Calabria. Andy's father Vincenzo worked in Rome as a professional shoemaker to support his wife and sons. The family owned several small vineyards that were planted on the hillsides and the Ionian plain near the sea. The vineyards managed by his mother Maria produced wine for personal and local commercial use. As young children, Andy and his brother Tony had fun helping the hired workers stomp grapes and make wine. After immigrating to America, the traditions of his mother and father further exposed Andy to the art of old world winemaking and set the tone of his philosophy and appreciation for wine. Listen to Andy recount his story and talk about his transition from a career in the bearing industry to his passion and love for wine. Andy joined the Gervasi team at the onset of the project in February of 2009 to develop and start up the winery. Today, Andy oversees the design of Gervasi wines, wine production and inventory and manages the wine portfolio.
Click here to see a video of Andy Codispoti as he reminisces about how it all began!