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GIOVANNI GIOL

Born in Vigonovo di Fontanafredda in 1866, Giovanni Giol was a poor countryman from Friuli who in 1887, to escape the economic crisis, had emigrated to the Mendoza region of Argentina where many of his fellow countrymen had already settled.

Initially, Giovanni Giol worked for the railway company, then he started to sell wine and ended up by producing it. In 1896, he teamed up with Gargantini, who had emigrated in 1883 from Canton Ticino becoming the owner of vast vineyards, setting up Giol y Gargantini.

In just 13 years, the company’s wine production went from 4 million litres in 1898 to 42 million in 1911. The various estates covered 8,850 hectares of land and the wine was stored in large cellars linked to each other with overhead wine-ducts. The company also had an adjacent factory which produced 500 barrels a day... read more

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