The History Behind the Virgara Family | 维嘉拉家族的历史

The Virgara family in Italy, circa 1960From the stunning mountain ranges of Southern Italy to the sprawling fertile soils of the Adelaide Plains, Virgara Wines is the culmination of a family’s dream; a dream which has spanned three generations.

The story of the Virgara family began in the small Southern Italian town of Plati. Michele was fulfilling his national duty in the Italian Army when he saw Maria during one of his visits home, and their fate was sealed. They were married in 1943, and after the war they settled on a farm on the outskirts of the village.

They soon started a family. Their eldest son Guiseppe, was followed by nine more children over a span of 17 years – six boys and four girls altogether.

Their life in Plati was simple but full of hardships. Work was scarce and it was difficult to make a decent living. So in 1962 they made the life changing decision to migrate their family of 12 to Australia. Unfortunately, Michele and Maria had to leave behind their elderly parents, never to see them again. This was just one sacrifice they made in search of a better life and more opportunities for their young family.

After making the month long sea voyage on the passenger ship Australia, the family finally disembarked in Melbourne on 15 September 1962. They made headlines when they left Messina, Italy, and again in Freemantle and Melbourne, for being the largest family ever to migrate at the same time. Two days later they arrived in Adelaide where Michele’s brother, Antonio, had already settled.

Michele soon found work at the GMH factory. With the help of his three eldest sons, who also found work, they were soon able to purchase their first home in Woodville. Maria continued to care for and nurture her young family. However, their love for the land was too great and in 1967, they bought a farm in Angle Vale where they settled and remained.

Through sheer hard work and with little money to purchase machinery, Michele, Maria and their children worked the land. They grew potatoes, onions, lettuce and carrots, working from the early hours of the morning until late at night. Michele and his eldest sons also kept their day jobs while Maria continued the resourceful traditions of her homeland by making sausages, soap, ricotta, cheese, baking bread and growing vegetables for the family’s needs. Although Maria had no formal education, she was an astute business woman who made the financial decisions for the family.

Slowly over the years, the family grew and prospered and became well known and respected within the community.
Michele was a gentleman of few words who was highly respected and well-regarded amongst many. His work ethic, honesty and integrity were qualities he instilled in his children. Maria was a hard working woman of strong faith who prayed daily. Her faith in God gave her strength and courage throughout her life. Despite her hardships and grief in later life, she never lost faith in God and was always grateful.

Michele and Maria made Australia their adopted home, never having a desire to return to Italy. They were always thankful for the opportunities Australia provided their family. The legacy that Michele and Maria have left for their numerous descendants is one of courage, generosity, loyalty, and respect.

Michele and Maria were always very proud of their family, and especially so as they saw the hopes and dreams of their children fulfilled.

Virgara Wines is a significant stakeholder in the increasingly popular Adelaide Plains wine region, which is one of South Australia's oldest wine-producing areas. The Virgara family and their passion for wine is creating a new taste sensation - the blending of Italian winemkaing tradition with the distinctive flavour of the Adelaide Plains.

We welcome you to our winery and invite you to enjoy the experience.

从意大利南部的山脉迁徙至土壤肥沃的阿德莱德平原,维嘉拉酒庄是维嘉拉家族经过三代人的努力倾力打造的梦想之作。

维嘉拉家族的故事开始于意大利南部的一个小镇---Plati。1943年,Michele在服完兵役后与Maria,那个他在一次回家探访时情定终身的姑娘,完成了婚礼。在战争结束后,他们在村外的一个农场安家落户。

他们很快拥有了第一位家庭成员,他们的大儿子---Guiseppe, 之后的17年,他们先后拥有了另外的五个儿子和四个女儿。

他们在Plati的生活虽然简单但充满艰辛,于是在1962年,他们做出了一个重大决定:全家12口人将移民至澳大利亚。Michele和Maria为了给他们的孩子们提供一个更好地生活环境,他们不得不离开他们年迈的父母,不幸的是,直到父母离世,Michele 和Maria也再没有见到过他们。

经过漫长的海上航行,他们一家人终于于1962年9月15日在墨尔本登陆。他们同时登上了意大利城市Messina,澳洲城市Freemantle和墨尔本的报纸头条,因为在当时他们是规模最大的家庭移民。到达墨尔本的两天后,他们来到了阿德莱德,Michele的兄弟---Antonio所定居的城市。

Michele很快在GMH工厂找到了工作,而他的三个大儿子也先后开始了工作。经过四人的努力,他们在Woodville买下了他们的第一所房子。Maria则全力在家照顾他们的其他孩子。因为对于农业的热爱,他们于1967年在安哥谷买下了一个农场,并全家移居至此生活。

经过辛勤的工作,他们用积攒下的一点钱买了机器设备,Michele、Maria和他们的孩子便开始了起早贪黑的田间耕作。他们种植了一些土豆、洋葱、生菜和胡萝卜。Michele和他的大儿子们依然保持他们白天的工作,Maria则负责制作一些他们日常所需的香肠、肥皂、ricotta、起司、烤面包和种植一些蔬菜。虽然Maria没有受过正规的教育,但她是一个天生的商人,她掌管着全家的财政大权。

经过多年的努力,维嘉拉家族逐渐被他们所在的社区所知晓,并建立起良好的声誉。Michele是一位少言的绅士,他的睿智、勤奋与诚实等优秀品质也被他的孩子所继承。Maria是一位拥有虔诚信仰且辛勤劳作的女性。她深信上帝赐予了她耐力与勇气, 即使她一生辛劳,但她始终感谢上帝所赐予她的一切。

Michele和Maria逐渐适应了在澳洲的生活,他们从未想过返回意大利。他们始终感谢澳大利亚所提供给他们的机会。Michele和

Maria的奋斗史也始终激励着他们的无人后代:做一个勇敢、慷

慨、诚实可靠并受人尊敬的人。

Michele和Maria始终以他们的家族为骄傲,特别是当他们看到他们的孩子们所为各自的梦想而作出的成就。

维嘉拉酒庄是最古老的,也是快速发展的葡萄酒产区---阿德莱德平原最大的生产商之一。维嘉拉家族以极高的热情致力于酿造出全新口感体验的葡萄酒。他们将意大利传统酿造工艺与阿德莱德平原风味独特的葡萄相结合,以力求打造一种独特的味蕾体验。

我们诚挚的邀请您来到我们的酒庄,开启一次独特的葡萄酒之旅。


 

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