JESSICA LUONGO

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Jessica has always been destined for the wine industry. Her grandfather, Larry Luongo is an industry icon from Campania, Italy, with half-a-century of experience in wine importing and marketing. Her mother’s side of the family hails from Yakima, Washington, the state’s wine centre, so it’s no surprise she has heard the world of wine calling her name. After falling in love with wine and wine culture while living in Italy and teaching herself Italian, her passion grew as she returned to Vancouver to work side by side with her grandfather.

As she learned the evolution of wine through strong mentorship, formal education with WSET (level 3), and many years of experience in multiple levels of the wine industry, she discovered a deeper need to change the wine industry and leave a mark that would help benefit the wine community as a whole. As she sees it, the best way to accomplish this goal is to source some of the worlds best wines to inspire, surprise, and fill an unparalleled demand for wine knowledge and appreciation on her home ground.

MARISA VARAS

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Marisa’s journey into the wine industry seemed inevitable. It was one which combined her passion for people, appreciation for culture, tradition, and an engrained family importance of the role played by food and drink.  As both her parents are avid wine collectors, Marisa developed her palate at a young age. Time further piqued her curiosity.

Marisa’s destination began with her journey, traveling and living in a number of South American and European countries. Upon completing her B.A. in Cultural Geography (with a minor in business) from the University of Victoria, Canada, Marisa ventured throughout Europe, eventually landing in London, UK, where she undertook an internship in corporate finance and achieved an MBA at Regents University.

Marisa brings to AmoVino varied and effective skills entwined within her corporate and personal worlds, in her love of people, promotion of culture, development of relationships, and attention to detail. She recognized the importance in combining inherent passion with continued education, and so upon her return to Canada, she pursued WSET courses while working for a local wine agency. Marisa is fluent in both English and Spanish, no doubt partly why you’ll likely find her sipping a full-bodied Spanish red!