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Ernesto Abbona
Unione Italiana Vini

Ernesto Abbona is the President of Unione Italiana Vini – Confederazione Italiana della Vite e del Vino and President and CEO of Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo S.p.A. Upon completion of a degree in Business and Economics at the University of Turin, he started working in his family’s business. Married and father of two children, Abbona divides his time between his business activities and various leadership roles in trade associations. “Marchesi di Barolo S.p.A” is a historical winery based in Piedmont that carried forward the work originally started by Marchesi Falletti and later by Opera Pia Barolo. “Marchesi di Barolo S.p.A.” now represents one of the most important producers of fine wine from Piedmont at an international level. The winery includes vineyards considered historical crus of Barolo (also known as the king of wines) and a cellar where thousands of Barolo bottles are kept starting from 1861.
Over the years, Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo grew not only in terms of revenues but also in the number of employees working in the vineyards and in the cellars. The winery has specialized in an agrarian system where only fully-controlled businesses operate (Antichi Poderi dei Marchesi di Barolo and Barolo Green Vineyards, specialized in the organic cultivation of vineyards). In addition to being part of the best Ho.Re.Ca. at a national level, the company exports more than the 60% of its revenues in 70 countries around the world.
With regards to his roles in trade associations, Abbona held several appointments at a national level (Associazione Commercianti Albesi, C.C.I.A.A. di Cuneo, Consorzio di Tutela del Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe e Roero, Agenzia di Formazione Professionale Alba-Barolo, Distretto dei Vini Langhe, Roero e Monferrato, Enoteca Regionale del Barolo). Abbona joined the world of Confindustria in 1993 when he served as a member of the Wine and Spirits Section of the Comitato Provinciale Piccola Industria. Later, he was Vice President of the Comitato di Presidenza di Confindustria Piemonte, National Vice President of Piccola Industria Confindustria and Member of the National Committee of Confindustria. Abbona’s commitment with Unione italiana Vini is prosperous and enduring as well. In 1995 he became member of the National Committee and in 2016 he was appointed Deputy Vice President, becoming the National President in 2017.

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