Gianfranco has managed to share his passion for wine and his tenacious belief in working exclusively for quality to the whole family: Italia Rossi (his wife) and their four children Michele, Mariacristina, Francesca and Emanuela, who have inherited this belief and turned it into a principle of life. Neither stuck in the past nor daunted by modernity, they’ve quietly gone about marrying traditional vineyard cultivation with the latest production techniques to create wines that are highly respected among their peers.
Italia Libera Gianfranco’s wife, Italia Libera, known by everyone as Rita, brings her joie de vivre, strong-will and managerial skills to the very heart of FOLLADOR. As Managing Director, she deals with the home-market customer sector.
Michele The first of four children and the only son, he is the Production Manager. Michele also supervises the family vineyards, vinification, internal production and product marketing.
Mariacristina Thanks to her natural ease with people marketing background, Mariacristina serves as Marketing and Sales Manager.
Francesca Wine is an art. To know how to produce and taste wine requires talent. From her father, Francesca has inherited a particular aptitude for the analysis and preparation of wine blending. A degree in Oenology from the renowned Oenology School “G.B. Cerletti” in Conegliano, along with her experience, has made her a most reliable Oenologist.
Emanuela Emanuela handles Company Management, Purchasing and Logistics. Patient and full of verve, she also follows external business relations.
Since 1769 when Giovanni Follador received the Wine Quality Award from the Doge of Venice, Alvise IVº Mocenigo, the Follador family has humbly followed their passion, setting the standard for Italian wines made with great care and devotion.
Gianfranco Follador, Giovanni’s descendant, has been responsible for the winery’s change in direction toward sparkling wines. As one of the original families in the Valdobbiadene area to move into the sparkling arena, Gianfranco, along with his wife Italia, have continued a tradition of quality, passion and wine-making excellence.
Follador’s Prosecco lines are the hallmark of great sparkling wines. Offering tiny, persistent bubbles, full-bodied flavor and a fine, dry finish, they are the result of superior wine-making skills that has been passed down for more than 2 centuries.