John Giacomucci - Founder / Master WineMaker
John Giacomucci founded Vino Bambino LLC in 2017 and is a serial entrepreneur having run other successful small businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Area. John has been making wine his entire life and has become a truly skilled winemaker. John has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.
His family has been making and blending wine since he was a kid and plans to grow Vino Bambino substantially. There are plans for a rooftop wine bar on the Main Line. One of John's favorite things about Vino Bambino is turning a lifelong passion into a business that allows other wine enthusiasts to experience the art and science behind wine blending.
Larry Graham - Marketing Director
Larry Graham is an experienced marketer who oversees the creation and acceleration of Vino Bambino's marketing strategy and brand management. Larry has helped launch and grow startups across multiple industries including tech, supply chain, construction, wine, men's fashion, and skincare.
As a wine enthusiast himself, he hopes to be able to spread the magic of wine blending to customers. Larry graduated from Villanova University with a BA.
Anthony Voci - Blend Master
Anthony Voci is a practicing attorney with great passion for wine. As a second generation Italian-American, his wine journey began as a boy at the family dinner table. Anthony and John met on the baseball field at age thirteen, beginning a close friendship that has spanned four decades. Anthony has been making and blending wine with the Giacomucci family for more than twenty years. Sharing his blends with family and friends is one of Anthony's greatest joys. He looks forward to sharing some with you.
Richard Tenaglia - Assistant Winemaker
Raised in Philadelphia, Winemaker Richard Tenaglia was introduced to the inner workings of a wine cellar by his father when he was ten years old. With twenty-three years of experience as a third generation winemaker, Richard has worked closely with distributors, producers, and growers, crafting premium wines. Most of his early knowledge of wine comes from family techniques and methods that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Also as Sommelier, Mr. Tenaglia has vast knowledge of Old and New World wines, with specialty areas including but not limited to US (California, Oregon, Washington State, New York, and Pennsylvania), Italy ( Abruzzo, Piedmonte, Tuscany and Sicily), South Africa, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. Over the years, Richard honed in on his own style and philosophy to winemaking.
Most recently Richard produced a variety of wines, such as an Orange Viognier, Late Harvest Riesling, Chardonnay, a Grenache, Syrah, Merlot Rose`, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Aglianico, Nebbiolo and Montepulciano. His goals are to “make wines that exemplify the character of the winery and vineyard. With wines that are fresh and lively, but at the same time focused on balance and structure.”
My parents were immigrants from Italy and for many Italian immigrants, they would blend a few grape varietals together. This was out of necessity since the grapes weren't of very high quality so in order to have a palatable and tasty wine, they had to blend it.
My family would tweak the blend every year, typically using a mix of 3 grapes. One day, I thought to myself, "If blending is a necessity for poor quality grapes in order to make it taste good, what happens when you blend only the finest quality grapes together?"
So, does blending make better wine?
After setting up a winery and tasting these blends for myself and having wine tastings for literally hundreds of people - I can answer that question with an emphatic YES.
Vino Bambino has since been on a mission to produce the best tasting wine based on YOUR tastes and we continue to run many blind taste tests to improve our special blends. In fact, in our blind taste tests when comparing a single varietal wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon and then comparing it to our Vino Bambino blends - in 100% of our tastings, the wine enthusiasts preferred our blend every time.
Through all of our experience and that of wine enthusiasts, we know that it adds more complexity and characteristics. Everybody at Vino Bambino is a wine enthusiast like myself and we look forward to providing you with the best wine blends and a new experience to treasure.
- John Giacomucci
We're all wine enthusiasts at Vino Bambino. We wanted to design a company for the wine enthusiast and by the wine enthusiast to draw more people into the fun experience of making and blending their own wines.