Our Philosophy

We are not wine ideologues and our philosophy is simple. We like really good wine and we prefer it to be real wine made by farmers with intention in the vineyard and the cellar. Ours are the family run vineyards who prune their vines, hand pick their grapes and work in the cellar. This company was founded based on our passion to be the ambassadors for these Italian producers who don't have a well known brand or large marketing budget, but make noteworthy wine that we want to drink. While we strongly believe in organic or biodynamic farming, and wine produced without manipulation or additives in the cellar, to us the deeper connection is the story each wine tells. It is the story of the real people who passionate produce it, it is the story of that vintages weather, it is a story of the soil, land and grape varietals that thrived in that small patch of land for centuries.
 

Bobby Barnett

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

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

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 bring real and natural-tasting Italian wine to the US.

Strade Bianche Wines is run by three friends. Jeremy and I go all way back to the playground at Byrom elementary school. Andrea and I became friends while I was living in Montepulciano. The company was formed organically around friendship and a shared passion for high-quality small production Italian wine. Basically, the three of us are wine geeks. We love trying new wines, or unique varietals and finding small or new producers in each town that the locals are drinking and talking about. In Montepulciano, where I lived with my family, and Andrea's lifelong hometown, there was one small, up and coming winery that was on the majority of local tables, because it was delicious. Importing these wines became the vision that brought this company to life. When the three of us made this a reality we soon realized that every town or city in Italy has a small gem of a winery that might only be widely known to the locals in that area. Those are the wines we seek. Three friends, a passion for real wine and the joy of introducing it to others. That is Strade Bianche. Salute!

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