Originally from Codroipo in Friuli, Alex’s love affair with wine began as early as sips given to him as a child, common practice in Friuli!
His excellent taste in wine and style, and charismatic personality make him a favorite with all types of clients, and he heads up not only strategic direction but also sales for the company.
Emily Rose Corazza
Originally from Northern California (Silicon Valley) and from a high-tech and business background, she went back to her roots and moved to Italy, where she took up residence for almost 10 years.
She heads up finance, marketing, events, and is the resident techy. Her favorite wines from Friuli are actually the reds, Refosco and Pignolo in particular.
Patrick Fantini Corazza
Though he shares a last name with the two other founders, the three are actually of no traceable relation!
Patrick, hailing from Faedis in Friuli (home of our Refosco), is a certified Sommelier, having graduated from the Italian Association of Sommeliers. His invaluable knowledge of wines, pairings, and history is complemented by his outgoing personality!
VP Sales & Distribution Relations
Born from an American father and Italian Mother, Max was raised in Friuli where he lived the majority of his life developing a strong passion and love for the wines of his region.
Max worked in the wine industry in the West Coast for the last 10 years representing big brands, developing relationships with the major distributors in the business.
He joined Friuli Italian Wines out of the passion for his roots and the love of white wines.
"We know each and every one of these wineries personally - from the winemakers themselves to their families - we have spent time with them, understanding the amazing stories they have to tell and the intricacies behind the wines they produce and the techniques they use to produce them. And most importantly, we try to replicate the personal touch that they give when you visit the wineries, to really tell the stories and allow US wine lovers to get that personal tasting experience, just as if you were in Italy. We think of ourselves as remote wine tour guides, our model is about more than just business, it's about a personal and cultural experience" - the Founders
Friuli Italian Wines is the fruit of a shared passion for wine, desire to unite Italian and American culture not only in life but in work, love, and friendship of the founders. Alex and Emily Corazza are a husband and wife team who aim to connect people through the passionate story and culture of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region of Italy and the beautiful wines it produces. Together with their business partners, Patrick Fantini-Corazza and Max Lewis (both also from Friuli but living in the US), this American-Italian team presents a dream, an experience, and a little-known region in one of the most beautiful, elegant countries of the world.