THE WINEMAKER"Discovering the world and indulging one's passions are the best way to grow as a person and as a professional."
Luca Menconi was born on 8/25/1983 in Tuscany in the town of Carrara, famous worldwide for its white marble. The Family “Menconi dei Bondonor di Avenza” has historical origins of Bondonor Menconi; Bondonor, Italianized saying that means “good and honorable” and coined in the early 1900s is known internationally for generations in the stone industry, especially in the production of abrasives for polishing of marble.
Luca, a lover of nature and the sea since he was young, interests sent by his father Giuliano, fell in love to deep sea fishing, scuba diving and surfing and especially this latter takes him from an early age to travel in much of the world.
He graduated as accountant in 2002, and in 2003 began working in the familycompany (Fratelli Menconi Abrasives).
Eclectic and unconventional, he shapes his culture and personality “bouncing” among the Atlantic coast of the Basque Country, the Canary Islands, South East Asia, the Indonesian Archipelago, including the Island of Bali, his “second home”, Maldives, Cape Verde Islands, Morocco, Turkey and Costa Rica; in 2007 he spent three months in Australia and on the way back he stopped in Thailand and London.
takes hours and hours
After the trip back home he receives a welcome news; the family during his absence has purchased a modest plot of land in the hills of the ancient Luni in Ortonovo for building the new residence.
Completely unrelated to the world of agriculture and wine, they think to grow grapes to give to various already known local producers.
Luca, who at the time was twenty-four years old, starts to approach to this world with his father Giuliano and his brother Nicola and starts just for fun to produce small amounts of wine just for family use.
In 2008 the family Menconi formed the Cantine Bondonor; wanting to wedge a piece of land in the foothills of the Ligurian mountain nearby Avenza, complete with a coat of arms depicting a Crescent (symbol of fraction “carrarese”) in a shield held by two Griffins.
The game turns into a passion: Luca offers to manage the family company and the first label comes out in the spring of 2011 “LUNARIS DOC Colli di Luni Vermentino 2010”; since that moment is a series of experiences and developments, sacrifices and satisfactions, work nights spent in the basement to get to the reality of today.
Veni vidi... and I fell in love on Earth!The philosophy that drives all of our work lies in small daily joys since the early morning when, passing through vineyards and deep breaths, you can subtly guess the flavour of the sea during the days of Libeccio. And the smell of damp earth during rainy days so expensive but at the same time sad with grapes. Making wine and working the land are visceral ties between man and nature and nothing in the world can better describe this bond if not the flavor you can taste a good glass of wine.
always looking to the future.
Thanks to the experience in the sector grown over time and the continuous desire to improve and expand.
Cantine Bondonor, in the person of Luca Menconi, have found their balance and their strength.
“Understanding and giving voice to nature” with passion and dedication is the philosophy that accompanies the work carried out in the company over time, made satisfactory by the answers that the land itself continues to give with its fruits.
When a passion for your work like that that accompanies the Bondonor Cellars runs through your veins, the only goal is to demand more and more from yourself, to offer the market products of excellent quality.