Connect
To Top

Meet Melania Spagnoli of Impero Wine Distributors Texas in West Loop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melania Spagnoli.

Melania, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since my earliest memories from my childhood, I have always had a passion for wine. My grandparents from both sides used to make their own wine. After a Bachelor and Master degree in Business and Economics, I decided to turn my passion into work. In May 2014 I earned my Sommelier designation from the ‘Associazione Italiana Sommelier’ and then I moved to Houston with my husband. I started working as a sales rep for a couple Wine Distribution Companies, building up my network of accounts and sales experience.

In the beginning of 2017, I received a proposal from an Italian Winery that was willing to open a Wine Distribution in Texas, focusing not only on their wines, but on wines from all over Italy. For me, being Italian and 30 years old, that was the opportunity of my life: running a company that could import and distributes wines from my homeland, promoting products I strongly believe in, everything I could ever hope for!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Shortly after our opening, Houston was hit by Harvey. Our warehouse got flooded – what a great start! (lol)

Luckily we did not suffer any damage to our products and we feel blessed for that. We also got wonderful friends and supporters that helped us with maintenance, so we were able to get back on track as soon as possible. The hurricane slowed us down a bit, but we got back to work right away and since then our growth has been fast and stable.

Impero Wine Distributors Texas, Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Impero Wine Distributors is a group of Wine Wholesalers present in 16 different States in the U.S. We import and distribute wines from all over Italy and our portfolio covers most of the Italian wine regions. We focus on boutique, family-owned producers and we also have a private label of high quality for our house wines that make us unique.

Impero Wine Distributors Texas is the first and only branch of the group in Texas. The Lone Star State is a great market for wine distribution and there are plenty of competitors. Our strength that makes us different from the other distributors is two-fold: we are part of a big group, and that allows us to have a great purchasing power. And at the same time, we are structured as a local, family-owned business, so that we give the best customer service to our customers. It is very important for us to have a team of professionals that are skilled and knowledgeable on wine.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
For sure, being chosen to run an Italian wine distribution company has been the most important step of my career. Moving forward from a position of account manager to a general manager role made me grow both as a person and as a professional. I am enjoying all the steps of our growth and I am happy to face all the ups and downs related to it. We are a team of young professionals whom have been given the trust of an important investor, and I am proud of what we are becoming day after day.

Contact Info:

Getting in touch: VoyageHouston is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Houston’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in Houston has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates...

    Local StoriesNovember 30, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesNovember 29, 2021
  • The Folks Solving The Problems You Need Solved

    One of the most important benefits of a thriving small business ecosystem is the myriad of problems and niche issues that...

    Local StoriesOctober 31, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 4

    Voyage is excited to present episode 4 of The Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories show with our wonderful host and sales expert...

    Local StoriesOctober 3, 2021
  • Heart to Heart with Whitley: Episode 4

    You are going to love our next episode where Whitley interviews the incredibly successful, articulate and inspiring Monica Stockhausen. If you...

    Whitley PorterSeptember 1, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 3

    We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha...

    Local StoriesAugust 25, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesAugust 19, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesJuly 22, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 2

    We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha...

    Local StoriesJuly 21, 2021