“300 years ago, Bartolomeo Bortolomiol moved to Valdobbiadene to start an iron forging business - but in these fertile hills he developed another passion...growing grapes. Nine generations later, Labano created the sparkling wine that would help etch the name Prosecco into history. So I’ve named this local masterpiece after another... Labano, master of life and wine.
About JK.14 Wines
Other than his incredible rugby prowess, Sir John Kirwan has developed several other note-worthy passions over the years.
“I’ve been having a love affair in Italy, and so far it’s lasted 30 years. It’s okay, my wife knows all about it, and she understands. After all, she loves Treviso as much as I do, since she was born there. Treviso is unbelievable. The region is like a compact sampler of all that is the best of Italy. My first visit, I remember thinking, “This is a far cry from dad’s butchery back in Mangere.” Climbing the hill near our house, I could look across and see the homes of bright Pinot Grigios, full Merlots, and Proseccos that make Champagne seem dull. I want to share what I found with my friends and family back here in NZ … and hey, anyone else who wants a taste of something special. I hope you fall in love with Treviso as much as I have”.