DBGitalia Ltd. offers classic Italian fine wines that have been selected by David Berry Green (DBG) & are available Excellars both to the UK and Worldwide. DBGitalia’s mission is to match producers & their wines with suitable importers & distributors; to find them a good home.
David Berry Green (DBG) – Il Fondatore – former buyer at Berry Bros. & Rudd, has twenty years’ experience in the industry; fifteen of which as a buyer of Italian wines.
DBGitalia is based in London (UK) but since 2009 DBG has been living in the Langhe, travelling between Barolo & the London headquarters, & building relationships with up & coming producers as well as with more established cantine. DBGitalia brings together a ‘family’ of classic fine wine producers with a focus on Piedmont, but also including producers from other regions of Italy.
Working alongside DBG are Chloe Richards and Lucy Barlow, both who are based in the U.K. Chloe and Lucy manage the day to day operations of the business, liaising between Customers and Suppliers, providing advice and support regarding orders & collections.
Raised unsurprisingly on a diet of Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone, & then subsequently gaining further experience as the Berry Bros. & Rudd buyer of Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany & South Africa, David Berry Green (DBG)’s interest in Italy’s great wines was piqued during a holiday visit to the Langhe region in the early 1990s. He recalls visiting two Barolo producers: one making dense, dark, extracted wine (a so called “modernist”!), the other pale, elegant, perfumed, ethereal wines (a “traditonalist”). From that moment he vowed to himself that one day he would unearth more of those beautiful “traditionalist” wines & their like for the benefit of his (UK) customers. To introduce them to the truly great wines of Italy.
Fast-forward to the mid-2000s: the fine wine world was still hungover with barriques, ‘ameliorative’ international grape varieties (French), branding, & Parker. But one sip of Stella di Campalto’s mesmerising 2003 Rosso di Montalcino, followed soon after by a chance encounter with Giovanni Montisci’s 2005 ‘Barrosu’ Cannonau di Sardegna during a family holiday convinced DBG there was something very exciting stirring in Italy’s cantine; a year later in 2008 he made the seminal trip to Piedmont. DBG was so moved by the Barolo wines of the Langhe village of Serralunga d’Alba, & in particular by those being made by young Giovanni Rosso, that he decided to stay & explore what Italy, the land of the vine, had to offer.
Chloe is passionate about foreign languages & cultures. Having studied French and Italian at university, she speaks both fluently, and has lived abroad in Florence and Bordeaux, where she discovered her love of wine (and cooking!).
After moving to London, initially to work in hospitality & restaurants, she started her wine career at Berry Bros & Rudd in 2013, where she later became Assistant Buyer & completed her WSET diploma. It was here that she met and began working with David Berry Green and DBGitalia. Chloe has been part of the DBGitalia team since the company’s launch in 2017, and manages the daily operations of the business from the headquarters in London.
Lucy has always had a passion for fine wine, tasting from an eclectic mix of wines from the family cellar from a relatively early age, encouraged by a wine buff father.
After studying French and Russian at Oxford, Lucy started in the wine trade working at Domaine Direct, subsequently moving to Bibendum, where she gained experience in both retail and agency and ran Bibendum Direct. She completed her WSET diploma with scholarships in both parts including the Moet & Chandon prize.
Lucy married in Puglia and has close ties to Italy, in particular Tuscany and Piedmont. She studied Italian while raising four children, combining various part time roles in the wine trade with music teaching (another passion). Joining DBGitalia has provided the perfect opportunity to combine her wine trade experience with her love of Italy, its people and culture.