Born in 1963, Ettore Nicoletto graduated in Economics and Business Studies from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and immediately became fascinated by the world of wine. He began his career at the beginning of the 1990s, working for Casa Vinicola Zonin, where he held various positions, including that of Export Director from 2000 to 2003. In 2004 he moved to the Santa Margherita Wine Group in order to restructure the company’s export department and sales network in Italy, as well as reprogramming its product portfolio. In 2005 he was appointed Director General, with the goal of rationalizing the Group’s activities and creating optimum coordination between its subsidiary companies. In 2008 came his appointment as CEO, with the aim of projecting the Group towards new trading dimensions, through both organic growth and the acquisition of new businesses.
He also holds the position of CEO of the following companies in the Santa Margherita Wine Group: Ca’ del Bosco – Società Agricola, SM Tenimenti S.r.l., Tenute Santa Margherita – Società Agricola, Cà Maiol srl – Società Agricola e Cantina Mesa srl. After two consecutive mandates, Nicoletto has now concluded his tenure of one of the major roles in the Italian wine sector: that of President of Italia del Vino – Consorzio, a Consortium made up of the most important producers in Italy, such as Santa Margherita, Banfi, Ferrari, Zonin, Gruppo Italiano Vini and others. He continues to be a member of the board of Italia del Vino – Consorzio and is Vice President of the Wine Group of Federvini. From last March, he is the President of the Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC and he is also director of Federdoc. As well as being a keen golfer (he has a 7 handicap), in the ‘80s and ‘90s Ettore Nicoletto also took part in international off-road motorbike (“enduro”) races, gaining important placings even in the world championships.