Why in the world the wines of Di Lenardo are not already stacked up everywhere in stores throughout the USA, Canada and Australia is beyond me. The labels are bright, fun, in English and besides that, the wines are both bargains and delicious. Currently the wines are sold by a patchwork of regional importer/distributors in just a few markets with Martin Scott (NY), Casa Bruno (OR), Private Reserve (OH), Downey (WA) and Carolina/Martignetti (MA) being the largest customers. Di Lenardo is located in the Friuli Grave DOC and the creative owner Massimo Di Lenardo has combined art, winemaking and an eye to value into one of the most marketable brands to come out of north eastern Italy.
With wine names like: Father's Eyes, TOH!, Woody and the luscious sweet wine, Pass the Cookies!, these wines will certainly get a first try from consumers, but they will come back for more once they have tasted the well- made wine in the bottle. With prices well under $15.00 retail I'm sure they'll be back for cases.
Their TOH! (tocai friulano) is one of Italy's best white wine values.
Azienda Agricola Di Lenardo s.s.
Piazza Battisti 1
Ontagnano (UD) 33050
Tel (+39) 0432 928633
Fax (+39) 0432 923375