Antonio Rizzo is a qualified winemaker and viticulturalist and has made wine in New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France, England, Cornwall, Catalonia, the Azores and Mexico. Some have been small wineries, some have been huge. All of them have produced good quality wines and he has spent his time sharing experience with some of the best winemakers in the world. The Cunning Anchovy has come to the Towy valley with some of his wines in search of land to make a Welsh vineyard…
There is a joke in the wine industry that goes… ‘How do you make a small fortune as a winemaker?’ Answer: ‘Start off with a big one!’ After spending many years looking for a way to make his own vineyard, this joke isn’t funny anymore.
Those wishing to grow their own vines and make their own wine need to have an enormous amount of money to buy land, plant vines and buy winery equipment. Apart from those family wineries and vineyards that have been passed on through generations, winemaking is no longer the premise of farmers but of gentlemen or women of means who have made their fortunes in other areas.
It can be very difficult for a winemaker like Antonio to set up on their own as land is expensive and difficult to come by. The Cunning Anchovy is also about finding an alternative method to be able to make a wine under his own label with the best quality grapes that he can find.
The other point behind The Cunning Anchovy is that most wine you will have access to will be one of millions of bottles produced in a particular winery. There is a huge distance between the winemaker and the consumer. This is the way that large scale wine production works.
However, through meeting and speaking to people whilst he made wine around the world, he has come to the conclusion that many of you who enjoy drinking wine, appreciate knowing the story behind that wine. How does someone know when to pick the grapes? How is the wine made? Why does the wine you’re drinking taste like it does?
So Antonio’s has a website that gives peoples a better idea of what goes into a wine and allow him to communicate directly with people who might like to drink my wine. He will be giving you loyal followers an insight into the areas that he will be working in, the indigenous grapes he will be using and the techniques that he will employ in producing what he hopes will be excellent and entirely unique wines. Through this website you will be able to see and understand why he’s making the decisions he makes, but, most importantly, you will be able to share in the excitement that comes from taking grapes and turning them into wine.
You are able to order two of his wines from through the BMFH.