Ventuno is an all-women Italian start-up, the brainchild of Ines Di Franco, whose passion for travel and terroir knows no bounds. Her inquisitive nature and taste for discovery were written into the family DNA; her Sicilian roots endowed her with an affinity with fine food and instinct for excellence. Over a decade’s experience in the food & beverage sector honed her skills and whetted her appetite for narrating Italy through its myriad local specialties.
After collaborating with the Gualtiero Marchesi group in France, Ines Di Franco opened a restaurant all her own in Paris, and that is when she fully realized the impact Italy’s wine & food heritage has abroad:
“Clients would often ask whether they could taste this or that particular Italian product and ingredient: they wanted to experience the flavors and aromas but above all, they wanted to know the story behind these. So I started to seek out regional specialties and unique items and little by little, my restaurant doubled as a deli and wine store.”
Ventuno is Ines’ labor of love. Her goal – her dream – is that it should become the go-to brand for gourmets all over the world, providing excellence, beauty and innovation while respecting the environment and safeguarding our planet.
Ventuno is a multisensory experience; a journey through Italy’s traditions, flavors and landscapes, one region at a time. It tells the story of a timeless heritage and lifestyle, with special focus on sustainability – and how could it be otherwise? Where there is love and respect for terroir, there is love and respect for the environment: Ventuno solely selects premier DOC or DOCG wines and specialties and ingredients hailing from certified crops, boutique estates and master craftsmen that shun mass production and mercenary logic. Thanks to Ines Di Franco’s expertise and know-how, the Ventuno range has the added advantage of well-balanced pairing, ensuring gourmets and cognoscenti enjoy accomplished selections and exclusive convivial moments.
Ventuno is a virtual tour of Italy that engages all five senses, from palate to sight: once you have savored the aromas and flavors of Italy’s terroirs and traditions, you will be able to steep yourself into the pristine landscape and ancient culture that nurtured these specialties with the Ventuno VR Viewer provided – a world of joyful authenticity and excellence, complete meals, snacks and aperitifs you can feast on in the comfort of your own home, by yourself or, better yet, with friends and family.
“Ventuno” is Italian for “Twenty-one”. The name was chosen with a reason: there are twenty distinct regions in Italy, each with its own, unique personality and heritage, each providing a distinctive experience. One, like Italy, a single, singular country with twenty diverse traditions and one common spirit and zest for life.
Twenty-one celebrates these traditions, terroirs and treasures, honoring Italy’s magic and identity.