President of Panebianco Wines Import
Nunzio Castaldo has been a driving force for the growth of Italian wines in the United States market for over 32 years. Nunzio began his career at Winebow where he joined in 1986 as a sales representative covering Italian restaurants in Manhattan. In 1994, he created Winebow’s first Italian Sales Division, maximizing the sales of the Leonardo LoCascio Selections portfolio in the New York metropolitan market. Mr. Castaldo was promoted to Regional Manager of New Jersey and New York in 1997. In 2002, Mr. Castaldo was promoted to Senior Vice President of Imports at Winebow, in which he oversaw supplier relationships and contract negotiations for import portfolios. In 2014, with the merger of Winebow and The Vintner Group, Mr. Castaldo became Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management of Leonardo LoCascio Selections, one of the three national import business units of the newly formed The Winebow Group. In 2015, Mr. Castaldo was inducted into the Italian Trade Commission’s Wines of Italy Hall of Fame, which honors professionals in the wine industry who have “demonstrated a commitment to advancing the understanding, appreciation and sales of Italian wines in the United States”. In November 2017, Nunzio resigned from The Winebow Group after 31 years with the organization to launch his own project which was finalized with his acquisition of Panebianco Wines Import, a longstanding importer and distributer of fine Italian Wines in the U.S. Market for over 23 years. Mr. Castaldo received his B.S. in Business from the University of Naples, Italy, and lives in New York with his wife and two children.
"The Future of US Trade: Let’s Talk."
No one should be too surprised by what the current global pandemic has revealed: the way we were doing business needed to change. We were just one disruption away from broad industry shifts—from production to sales—and the pandemic merely accelerated changes already underway. Melissa Sutherland and Nunzio Castaldo will share their perspectives on how companies tend to react and reset, through a back-and-forth dialog. The conversation will underscore lessons learned, and will touch on key questions companies face as they rely on their resources and communities to rebuild in a playing field thriving with opportunity and creativity.