Andrea Conzonato is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Santa Margherita Wine Group. Veronese, 55 years old and with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Padua, Andrea Conzonato began his professional career in the beauty department of Procter & Gamble before moving to the beverage sector, becoming first COO of Campari North America in San Francisco and then CMO of the Campari Group. The last decade has seen him change industry once again: he joined British American Tobacco as Area Director for Southern Europe and CEO of BAT Italia, before being nominated Group Head of Sales, Activations and Marketing Solutions at BAT’s headquarters in London. He played basketball for twenty years; he served as a reserve officer in the Italian Air Force; he has gained vast as well as profound experience of the international scene, and is a great expert in corporate digitalization.
“I am enthusiastic and honored to become part of one of Italy’s historic wine companies”, the new CEO declares, “one which is characterized by a marked innovatory vein, by the great competence of its human capital and by its position of leadership in almost one hundred markets around the world. This has been achieved thanks to the outstanding cycle of investments it has launched in the last twenty years, which has paid extreme attention to people, to wine regions, and to environmental sustainability”.
“With the arrival of Andrea Conzonato”, underlines Stefano Marzotto, CEO ad interim, “our Group confirms its consolidated tradition in the management of its companies, with the introduction from outside of extremely experienced professionals alongside the family. We have chosen an executive who is a team player and who can bring an innovative vision to our sector”.
“Personally, in this period as the Group’s CEO, I have had confirmation both of the enormous potential of Italian wine – one of the maximum expressions of our national expertise – as well as of the intrinsic strengths of our brands, which have succeeded in emerging brilliantly from the global crisis generated by the pandemic and the recent international tensions, conquering new markets, broadening their production base, and continuing to invest in quality. In this period, we have obtained impressive results, and for this I thank above all those who work for us”.
“Our Group”, adds Gaetano Marzotto, President of the Santa Margherita Wine Group, “is approaching the milestone of its first ninety years with many key strengths: the model of cooperation and social sustainability we have adopted; the technologies we have employed with regard to environmental sustainability and contrasting global warming; our organic husbandry of the vineyards and extreme care in protecting the natural environments in which they are situated; our model for business management and industrial relations; and our international scope”.
“Santa Margherita has been one of the protagonists in the renaissance of Italian wine and its success around the world, and we intend to continue playing this leading role for a long time to come”.
Santa Margherita Wine Group is active in almost a hundred markets around the world, with a long-established presence in the United States, where its direct importing and distribution company Santa Margherita USA operates and where it has recently purchased a winery in one of the most fascinating and promising terroirs, the Willamette Valley in Oregon. In 2022 the group had a turnover of over 260 million Euro, of which 73% was achieved in export markets.
About Santa Margherita Wine Group
Founded in 1935 by Count Gaetano Marzotto, the Santa Margherita Wine Group incorporates ten different estates in some of the most beautiful wine- producing regions in Italy: the Eastern Veneto, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Trentino-Alto Adige, Lugana, Franciacorta, Chianti Classico, the Maremma, Sicily and Sardinia. Through the Santa Margherita, Torresella, Kettmeir, Ca’ del Bosco, Cà Maiol, Lamole di Lamole, Vistarenni, Sassoregale, Terrelíade and Cantina Mesa brands, it represents the most significant family-owned cluster in the Italian wine sector: turnover of 260.4 million Euro in 2022 and over 28 million bottles sold in more than 90 countries worldwide.
In charge there is the third generation of the family: Gaetano Marzotto is the President of the Group, Stefano Marzotto is the President of Zignago Holding, Luca Marzotto is Vice-President of the Group, and Nicolò Marzotto is a member of the Board of Directors.
The wines are distributed on 5 continents, with a particular focus on Italy, Canada, Germany and the United States, where the Santa Margherita USA Inc. import and distribution company, based in Miami, is operative, and the ROCO Winery estate in Oregon has recently become part of the Group’s “enological mosaic”.