The history of winemaking in the Renzoni family dates to 1886, when my great grandfather Federico began working in the vineyards near Fano, a small Italian village on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. While tending the vineyards, Federico and his father began making wine for family and friends – these were the humble beginnings of the Renzoni family wine history.
Federico’s calling changed and he decided to become a commercial fisherman on the Adriatic Sea. He soon became aware of a need for commercial fishermen in America and emigrated here in 1912. He worked in New London, Connecticut’s fishing industry for two years before moving to Buffalo, New York. Federico entered into the wine & cordial business with his brother-in-law, Romeo Battistoni. Unfortunately, that venture was short lived, as they were forced out of business by the advent of Prohibition in 1918.
With Prohibition closing their wine & cordial business, Federico and Romeo were forced into another line of work. They turned to the home construction business, where they were very successful for eleven years. In 1929, their fortune and success were thwarted again, this time by the Great Depression.