Bringing the best of Italy’s artisanal creations directly to you
Vino-Direct.com represents a wide array of distinctive wines imported directly from the vineyards of artisanal producers who present the best of their regional and local cultures. We strive to bring both leading quality and exceptional taste with each and every bottle.We regularly travel all over Italy to build relationships with small, local wineries. We personally meet the winery owners, the wine makers and visit the vineyards. Our producers’ wines reflect the authenticity and excellence that comes from generations of experience in the vineyard and in the cellar, together with an unwavering focus on quality.
Respect for nature and distinctive regionality, and an effortless companionship with food and friends – these are the hallmarks of the wines we import. Italy is a tangle of different tiny microclimates that powerfully influence the character of any given wine. We carefully select flavors and vintages that best represent the region that they come from. We choose only what we like (we drink our wines too…) and what we think you will like.
For Vino-Direct.com it is a work of passion and dedication to stay connected to our birthplace and heritage. We are committed to the promotion, education and preservation of Italian Wine Culture for the next generations in the U.S.A. Our mission is to offer you a high quality, great bottle of wine, whether for collecting or for immediate consumption. We work hard to find the best price to quality ratio so that you get an excellent value. And... we will continue to expand on the list of wines that we make available to you. So, if you want to enjoy a quenching aperitif of sparkling wine, savor a sumptuous Barolo, or stock up on clean and crisp Super Whites from Friuli for any party or feast, it's all here and more. Finally... feel free to let us know what you think about the wines you purchase from Vino-Direct.com. We would love to hear from you.
Elisabetta (Betty) Cressi
Born and raised in Northern Italy, near the border with Switzerland, in Brescia, the second bigger city in Lombardy after its capital, Milano; Elisabetta (or Betty as everybody calls her) started travelling around Europe, early on in her life, to pursue her two passions Languages and Restoration of Historical Wall Painting she had been trained to in school. It goes without saying, though, that her Italian background instilled a passion that has nothing to do with school and career, but with taste and sensual appreciation. Betty’s motto “There’s nothing better than sitting around the table with friends, simple but tasty food, and a special wine that goes with it," led her to explore food pairing and wine tasting through several wine specialized courses and this became her way to learn even more about her culture and heritage and bring it to the table...yours!
In 2008 Betty and Paolo, her husband, opened together two big boutiques stores, near their hometown selling delicacies from the sea and special high-end wines: an incredible and successfully experience but definitively not the last. In 2016 “Cressi International LLC” opened in the US and Paolo and Betty once again began another adventure! The Partnership with Vino-Direct gives them the opportunity to develop a unique retail concept of on-line sale of boutique wines, special events, and private services related to food and wine appreciation.
We can truly say that her bubbly personality and her passion have brought even more sunny days in California!!
Born and raised in Northern Italy, in a small town near Lake Iseo, called Sarnico--a true gem surrounded by history and the Italian pre-Alps--Paolo grew up in his father’s restaurant. With his famous Chef papa' every day meals were for him a culinary tour around Italy!
His major in Tourism Sciences brought him to the US in 2000 to work in a famous Italian Restaurant in Orlando FL, since that time Paolo, who immediately fell in love with this Country, couldn’t wait to come back! Up until 2015 he has attended many courses to become an Italian Certified Sommelier because, as he says: “Where there's a passion there's a will, where there's a wine there's a passion.”
In 2008 Paolo and Betty, his wife, opened together two big boutiques stores, near their hometown selling delicacies from the sea and special high-end wines: an incredible and successfully experience but definitively not the last. In 2016 “Cressi International LLC” opened in the US and Paolo and Betty once again began another adventure! The Partnership with Vino-Direct gives them the opportunity to develop a unique retail concept of on-line sale of boutique wines, special events, and private services related to food and wine appreciation.
In our company Paolo’s passion and resilience become the very strength that makes him our Italian Wine Specialist: with him you would also see the glass always half full!