Our Philosophy

Our goal at Strade Bianche is to re-create the experience of visiting Italy for our customers - where we order a "normal" glass of wine and are amazed by the quality and price. Strade Bianche was created to bring that same experience to Oregon wine-lovers. While living and traveling in Italy, the wines that stand out to us are natural, with minimal intervention, from smaller producers who typically do not import to the United States.

 

Bobby Barnett

Co-Founder

Bobby is an accomplished entrepreneur who founded several companies specializing in finance and real estate prior to co-founding Strade Bianche Wines. In 2017, he packed up his family and moved to Montepulciano, Italy for a year where he immersed in the local culture and his passion for wine. This interest in wine led him to the idea of importing wines from Italy that he enjoyed daily while living in south Tuscany. Bobby currently lives in Portland, OR with his wife Megan, and their two kids where they enjoy skiing, mountain biking, traveling and sharing interesting new wines with friends.
 

Jeremy Cobb

Co-Founder

I first tried a natural wine while visiting family in Gaeta, Italy, in 2007. The bottle had no label and the producer was my uncle Pepe. At first, it didn’t occur to me that each meal we had there in Gaeta came from neighbors who were farmers, fishermen, and of course, small wine makers. Through the intimacy and subtleties of family, I experienced a lifestyle different from my American ways. I returned to Portland and resumed my life, ultimately becoming a dentist, but as I returned to Italy over and over, my borderline irrational love and appreciation for small wine producers grew to become a passion that is the foundation of me being part of this company. My hope is to share such passion with people in Portland.
 

Andrea Matteini

Sommelier and Wine Selector

Andrea was born in Montepulciano, in the heart of Tuscany and grew up in his family restaurant, surrounded by wines and vineyards. He became a professional sommelier at 19, and after earning his Art History degree at the University of Siena, he decided to focus his attention on his real passion: wine.

After earning his Masters in Marketing and Communication of Wine, he opened his first company as a marketing consultant for Italian wineries. His goal is to being real and natural-tasting Italian wine to the US.

“The truth is we want to import these wines so we can drink them here at home in Oregon. Italy was becoming a long flight to drink our favorite wines! Hopefully, others will enjoy these wines as much as we do and benefit. Salute!"
- Bobby and Jeremy

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