Wine Merchants


Lia Tolaini Banville started Banville Wine Merchants as a boutique importer of Italian fine wines and Menabrea beer in 2004. Lia had the desire to grow her company yet keep regional exclusives with her suppliers, which led her in 2016 to expand the portfolio outside of Italy, adding top wine producers from France, Germany and UK. In the process Lia also put together a selected portfolio of specialty Italian spirits.
Dissatisfied with the wholesaler options in New York and New Jersey, Lia and her team created the Banville wholesale division in 2011. This momentum then brought expansion of its direct distribution in 2017 to Washington D.C. and Virginia. Banville Distribution now partners with well-regarded wine importers to add breadth to the Banville wholesale portfolio.
Today Banville is a team of 34 people, 8 of whom are division managers covering the USA. The Import portfolio represents over 50 hand-picked brands, and the Wholesale book is growing to fully represent both domestic and international brands. Lia believes that business is built on a handshake, hard work and honesty. We value good people as partners, suppliers and our sales network. Banville Wine Merchants offers remarkable customer service and is passionate about good wine, spirits and Menabrea beer.

PierLuigi Tolaini, together with his daughter Lia Tolaini Banville
Owner and founder Lia Tolaini Banville with her father Pier-Luigi Tolaini of Tolaini Estate.