Fratelli Wines began as the dream of three brothers of Italian heritage with a love of wine.
Having grown up on a cane farm in North Queensland, living off the land comes naturally to the brothers, however their passion and entrepreneurial spirit drove them to seek out an alternative industry in which they had more control over the way consumers enjoyed the fruits of their labour.
And so, Andrew Santarossa (the eldest of the three) became a winemaker who now has to his name over ten years experience making premium wines in Oregon, Margaret River and the Yarra Valley. Inching ever closer to the dream, the brothers established their own wine company, where their passion and enthusiasm influences every step from vine to bottle.
Taking their name from the Italian word for ‘brothers’, the Santarossa brothers set out to create a ‘family’ of wines that, like them, share the same values but express unique personalities. The brothers have a strong personal connection to the wines they create. The wines chosen for the Fratelli portfolio are influenced by the brothers’ passion and personality. Each can select from the range the wine that is ‘most like me’.
Without the bureaucracy inherent in a large winery and the restrictions of a well-established brand, the brothers have embraced the freedom of being able to make the wine they are passionate about, push the boundaries with their winemaking techniques and deliver on their promises to consumers.
Adopting the old world principle of ‘terroir’, the Fratelli Wine Company sources fruit from regions throughout Victoria that are best suited to the variety and then apply new world innovation to capture in the bottle the most honest, purest expression of the wine. Up their collective sleeve, for now, are those Victorian regions whose fruit has the potential to make some excellent, lesser known Italian varieties that, in time, the brothers would like to introduce to their Australian consumers.
If you like your wine to challenge your perceptions, open your mind and expand your palate, the Fratelli Wine Company invite you to join them in discovering and enjoying the unique, premium wines of the Santarossa family.