Luca, Annalisa and Alessandro Botter, who represent the third generation of the family, are now leading the company, integrating their almost centenary traditions with a new vision focused on future and innovation. Along with the estate wines, Botter releases a wide range of wines under multiple brands, from Venezia Giulia in the north down to Salento in the south.
Botter was founded by Carlo Botter and his wife Maria in 1928 in Fossalta di Piave, a small town near Venice. It started off as a small business selling local wines in barrels and demijohns.
In the ‘60s, Carlo and Maria’s sons Arnaldo and Enzo, joined the company and began to sell wine in bottles. They boosted the company’s presence on the Italian market and – most importantly – gave life to a gradual process of expansion throughout other countries, which would then turn into the company’s main source of income.
In the ‘70s, Botter was able to keep up with the growing international market and expand its range. Some of its Veneto wines came from the family vineyards, located near Treviso.
In the ’80s, thanks to various close collaborations with local producers, Botter began providing new wines from Abruzzo, Campania, Puglia and Sicily, offering a wide range of products made with grapes from native vines; this was only the starting point of Botter multi-territorial approach that would later develop and spread across the country, from Northern to Southern Italy.
At the end of the 90s, the third generation – Annalisa, Alessandro and Luca – entered the company and Botter started witnessing further evolution. They adopted a brand-new business model, one that was more suited to the needs of a dynamic and global market.
Today Botter is one of the largest producers and exporters of Italian wines: 1 out of 35 bottles of Italian wine exported to the world is produced by Botter.
Wineries and VineyardsBesides Botter’s headquarters, they also own two wine estates: Masseria Doppio Passo and La Di Motte.
Botter headquarters is located a few kilometres from Venice, in Fossalta di Piave, where the company was founded. The production site size is 62,000 sqm (approximately 9 football pitches) of which 27,700 smq (over 100 tennis courts) are under shed. The Company storage capacity is 23.5 million litres. In the cellar, there are 452 tanks and fermentation tanks. Every day 5 bottling lines run to produce approximately 450,000 bottles. Botter supervises every step of the production process. The company pursues a value chain based on excellence at every stage of the process till the wines leave the winery from their centralised logistic hub.
Masseria Doppio Passo
Masseria Doppio Passo, owned by the Botter Family since 2017, is located in Puglia, in the municipality of Salice Salentino, one of the most suitable areas for viticulture. At the beginning of ‘80s, when few knew the virtues of these lands, Botter Family realised the great potential of the area and began to make collaborations with local producers.
Today the company has about 1,500 hectares available to select products and meets the needs of the countries in which it operates and to ensure the complete control of the production chain. The purchase of Masseria Doppio consolidated the deep bond that the Botter family has established with this land, where agriculture, history, poetry, good food and excellent wine are together in a perfect union.
La Di Motte
Là di Motte was established in the '70s in Motta di Livenza, in the stretches of land planted with vineyards on the border between Veneto and Friuli. Over the years, it has specialised in the production of high quality wines with a strong territorial identity.
The history of this small town is inextricably intertwined with that of Venice: in 1291, Motta di Livenza became the first mainland possession of the Serenissima, earning it the nickname "first-born daughter of the Serenissima" and subsequently, in 1511, "favourite daughter of the Serenissima Republic."
The town is in fact strategically situated along the Via Postumia, an ancient thoroughfare dating back to the Roman Empire, which originally served as a transit area before being broken up into fiefdoms and dioceses.
The choice of the town's name was not accidental: it contains a reference to the structure of the terrain (the Italian term "motte" is used in toponymy to identify small dips in the land) and the Friulian origins of the family (LA DI is a Friulian expression that means "at the house of").
It is a tribute to Maria, a Friulian by birth, who was a resourceful, strong-willed and determined woman. An entrepreneur with a strong character and an open mind, a modern woman in a strongly patriarchal era. An homage to a great woman who, with her husband Carlo, founded the company Botter and actively contributed to its growth.
SustainabilitySustainability is something that spans economic, social and environmental spheres. In order to pave the way to well-being, safety, education and health, the ability to produce income and work must be complemented by the capacity to preserve the quality and renewability of natural resources.
As a family-run company, Botter firmly believes that it is their responsibility to give a suitable response to the expectations and needs of their customers and community. Being reputable and reliable means guaranteeing that products meet the health and quality expectations of buyers and making them in accordance with responsible ethical and environmental behaviour standards.
Every action, every approach and every choice made to satisfy the needs of the people of today must not compromise the future of the generations to come. Their environmentally friendly outlook can be seen in their efforts to minimize polluting emissions, the production of waste and the use of non-renewable energy resources.