From wine merchant to winemaker: Valsangiacomo takes over Ticino
Valsangiacomo was first a wine merchant, then a winemaker. For 120 years the family sold wine to the inns and restaurants in Mendrisiotto, before going into wine production themselves in around 1900. To start with, Giovanni Valsangiacomo produced wine from the grapes of local growers. Then in 1954 the family finally created its own agricultural operation and planted the first vineyards. A merchant cultivating their own vineyard – that was a novelty in the Canton of Ticino, and yet over the years the Valsangiacomo became the most innovative and important producer of quality Ticino wines. As well as creating its own wines, Valsangiacomo imported international wines for many years and was one of the most successful companies in the Swiss wine industry. Then in the 1990s the company changed its philosophy and almost completely gave up importing in favour of its own harvest.