Pier Luigi Tolaini, together with his daughter Lia Tolaini Banville, started Banville Wine Merchants, an importer of fine Italian wines and beer, in 2004. In 2005 the company was moved from Boston to New York City. In 2011, Banville created their own wholesale division for NY and NJ states, and in 2016 the mid-Atlantic region (DC, VA, and MD) was added. Today Banville imports wines from France, Italy, Germany and England with 8 District Managers located across the USA as well as a national brand manager for beer.
The BWM wholesale division has 14 key account specialists in NY/NJ and 3 in the mid-Atlantic region and represents over 750 labels from around the world. In January 2016 Banville ventured into the spirits business and now represents a few select, unique spirits, many with an Italian connection.
We are selective in choosing producers to represent and insist on amazing people who make quality products with a sense of place, who deserve our attention, and who will benefit from our ability to market wine, spirits, and beer.
We maintain a non-competitive supplier portfolio, mainly only one winery per region, which enables us to give the required focus to our producers and succeed in building their brand.
This has been a successful formula for both our customers and our suppliers.
Banville Wine Merchants is passionate about the wine, beer, and spirits business and is dedicated to developing partnerships with others who share this passion and commitment.