Bring Italy’s authentic culture to customers through the wines we provide
Uva & Grape is led and operated by the Bonino Family. We are a passionate, hardworking Italian family with deep roots in world-class Italian food and wine. Our CEO, Corrado Bonino was born and raised in Piedmont, Italy. Growing up in the native region of great wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, his interest in wine slowly developed into passionate expertise. From a very young age, Corrado helped his father make wine, laying the foundation for a career in the food and wine industry that would take him around the world.
Corrado had the opportunity to work in a small winery in Alba, where he followed the production process from the vineyards into the winery, exporting, to worldwide sales, all before moving to Washington DC. For many years, he led the wine importing and purchasing for a group of thirteen restaurants, developing one-of-a-kind wine lists for each. Thanks to this incredible experience, before Corrado moved to Charleston, he was the head consulting export manager for several distributing companies for eight years, until deciding to start his own business as a distributor in South Carolina.
We believe Uva & Grape can dominate the South Carolina market as an Italian wine importer. With a rich Italian heritage and over 30 years of experience in the Italian food and wine space, we have established ourselves as a name that delivers one-of-kind Italian experiences to our customers. Based on our distributing operations, which have grown rapidly, a new business proposal emerged: expansion into the import industry, a natural evolution for our brand and expertise. Our new import business will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uva & Grape Distributors, aligning incentives and maximizing our impact.
Established Client with Growing Demand
It’s often said as a new business, your first customer is the hardest to get. Uva & Grape Imports has the unique advantage of having Uva & Grape Distributors as a built-in, guaranteed customer. Not only will we capture this existing distribution business for Uva & Grape, but we’ll also have the opportunity to scale as our distribution business grows.
In 2021 revenue for the distribution business grew 92% and has grown 50% so far this year.
Uva & Grape Imports will be able to capitalize on any future growth, stepping in as our Uva & Grape Distributors’ main provider. We plan to continue expanding on the well-known product line we’ve been successfully building and distributing for years. So far we have connected with almost a dozen wineries from our favorite regions and will continue to expand our reach as we prepare to launch.
Through our distributing operations, we have developed a portfolio that incorporates more than 200 wines and represents 85 of the best Italian wineries for our customers to choose from. With our new ability to seek out and include additional suppliers without the hassle of going through a third party, this stellar product line will continue to grow. The local investors that participate in our raise will be enabling this product growth, bringing more and better wines to their favorite places around the Carolinas.
Our ability to collaborate with small producers from the top 13 Italian regions and different importers based in the United States has allowed us to introduce products that are not available to other distributors in the South Carolina market. We are stepping deeper into the relationships we have already built to provide wine lovers across South Carolina with even more of what they love.
While businesses around the country struggle to hire the proper staff, we are uniquely positioned to leverage an extensive industry-knowledgeable workforce from within our family-run company. Our team is made up of people who not only know and love the space but have a passion for bringing our beautiful Italian heritage to South Carolina and other parts of the country.
Uva & Grape has become a trusted brand name for delivering excellent products by choosing only Italy's finest wines and offering them to select restaurants and retailers across South Carolina. The name Uva & Grape is known throughout the food and beverage industry making the growth of this business a much easier task. With our established distributor brand, we’ll have the ability to expand into other states, spearheaded by the track record of our distribution success.
What does our brand mean to the food and beverage community?
"To say that Corrado has the best Italian portfolio in South Carolina is an understatement." - The Vino Garage
While our financial projections only include wine imports for Uva & Grape distributors as our single customer, we have plans to grow our footprint throughout multiple states through established distributor relationships in FL, DC, NY, Maryland, and NC.
We’ll also have the ability to generate additional revenue by curating wine lists, hosting Wine Tasting Events, building Wine Portfolios, and selling Gift Baskets.
Lastly, we’ll be able to import certain foods for our sister company, Chicche D’Italia USA LLC, expanding our product line and opening the door to new customers.