Founder of Natural Vine, Ettore was born in a family of artisan winemakers in Italy and spent his childhood surrounded by vineyards and grapes. His parents taught him the real taste of natural products; they taught him how to make wine and, most importantly, how to respect nature and the fruits it gives to mankind. After many years spent as an entrepreneur in Italy and in the UK, Ettore decided it was time to turn his biggest passion into a new adventure. Following his studies at the ONAV (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Vino) in Italy he started a course at the WSET School in London. In parallel, Ettore traveled for two years around Italy to discover forgotten native grape varieties and artisan winemakers who respect the highest standards of quality and sustainability. Once his 'mission' was accomplished, Natural Vine was born.
Dionisio Chaves was born and lives in Brazil. Aptly named, Dionisio has a habit of winning wine-related competitions. Most awarded Brazilian sommelier, he won twice the title of Best Sommelier of Brazil in 1999 and 2002, Best Sommelier of South America in 2004 and was Vice Champion of the Americas also in 2004. He was the only Brazilian representative in the Best Sommelier of the World competition in Canada in 2000 and Greece in 2004. In 2010 he was made a knight by the Brotherhood of Port Wine in Oporto, Portugal. Nowadays, he shares his time between managing his wine bar and his two restaurants in Rio De Janeiro and making wine in Portugal. Dionisio is Natural Vine's ambassador in Brazil.