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About the company
Livio Panebianco grew up in Palermo, in a family that knew and appreciated high-quality Italian wine. Mr. Panebianco went into the wine business two decades ago, working to bring fine Italian wine to the wider world. Finding the best new wines for various companies, Mr. Panebianco consistently made a name for himself in the industry by introducing unknown classics and exciting new discoveries.
When he started in New York in the early 1980’s, "all the places had the same wines," Mr. Panebianco explained. "I was successful in building a portfolio of unusual and interesting northern Italian producers and introducing wines like Arneis, Müller Thurgau, Tocai, Pigato, Refosco, and Gutturnio."
Living and working in Palermo, Milan, and New York City, Mr. Panebianco's dream came to fruition with his New York-based Italian wine importing company, Panebianco. The company provides fine Italian wine to American restaurants and retailers.
When Panebianco opened for business in 1997, Mr. Panebianco had a small, strong core group of imported Italian wines. His current portfolio spans Italian wine country from Piedmont to Sicily. Mr. Panebianco is committed to bringing out wines from small Italian wineries that produce a limited number of very fine wines—most of which are hard to find, even in Italy, and have received some of the most prestigious wine awards.
Mr. Panebianco's passion and expertise has placed Panebianco at the forefront of the wine industry, a position he intends to savor by continuing to introduce the American palate to an exciting selection of boutique-quality Italian wines that he calls "my little jewels."