LIVIO FELLUGA WINS THE 2007 GRI WINE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN USA
The Friulan wine producer Livio Felluga was awarded the 2007 “GRI Wine Achievement Award”, a recognition given by the American Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani (Italian Restaurateur Group, GRI) to people who promote Italian wine throughout the world.
The GRI, born in 1979 to promote Italian cuisine, consists of over 400 of the most renowned and exclusive Italian restaurants in the US, 95 of which are in New York City.
Livio Felluga was awarded for having brought to light the quality and elegance of Italian wines to the world through the excellence of his products.
The prize was delivered at a gala celebration in New York, part of a week-long promotion of the food and wine of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, by Tony May of the San Domenico Restaurant and the president of the GRI.
Livio Felluga, who recently celebrated his 93rd birthday, is the founder of the winery that owns over 250 acres of vineyards in Friuli and that bears his name. The estate produces around 800,000 bottles of wine a year, 40% sold outside of Italy, that it sells to every continent.
“The prize that the Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani decided to give to my father”, said Elda Felluga to ANSA, “recognizes the life of a man who through his hard work and the excellence of his wines let people know about the extraordinary Friuli region and the quality of the wines produced here. We are especially happy and proud of this recognition given by one of the most prestigious associations of American restaurants.”
ANSA - Trieste, 13th November 2007.