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Poland woman launches new wine

February 20, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Marisa Sergi of Poland was kept busy during Valentine's Day week as she introduced her new wines to Valley residents. On Feb. 13 she set up a display at the Austintown Giant Eagle where she signed bottles and told her story of success that stretches to three generations.

"I am a third generation winemaker and grew up helping my family make wine," Sergi said.

Sergi graduated from Lowellville in 2011 and continued her desire to pursue a wine-making career. She said at the time she wasn't completely sure what she wanted to do, but after enrolling and attending classes at Cornell University, her future endeavors were sealed.

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Marisa Sergi of Poland stands next to her RedHead wine display at the Austintown Giant Eagle last week as she signed bottles and introduced shoppers to her new line of wines.

"Cornell University offers diverse programs to fit any person's passion," she said. "I knew I wanted to take a few classes to see if winemaking was something I truly wanted to pursue in my career. After my first course, I knew the program was the perfect fit for me. Growing up, wine brought my family and friends together and I wanted to make wine and share it with the world so they could have the same experience. Wine, to me, makes our life's moments more enjoyable and special."

Sergi's family owns L'uva Bella's Winery. It had humble beginnings that started with Sergi's grandparents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1953. They brought the Old World wine-making skills with them and passed it down. Sergi grew up helping her family to make the wine, so there was already a fire burning for the wine industry.

When Sergi decided to form her own series of wine, it began with Calavita and Son, who are grape brokers. They obtained the highest quality grapes from California for Sergi, but it was the young wine-maker and the L'uva Bella winemaker who came up with the RedHead recipe for its Red Blend and Rose..

"I worked with Charles Crespi, our other winemaker at L'uva Bella, and he and I helped formulate the RedHead Red Blend recipe," Sergi said. "I also conducted research in the current wine market to learn what labels stand out and how to create a brand that stands out, just like a RedHead."

At present, Sergi has her wines in over 400 stores in Ohio West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

"We are found in big box stores as well as mom and pop locations," she said. "If you're looking to find our wine, feel free to reach out to me at on my social media channels."

For the future, Sergi is looking to grow, but at a rate that she is comfortable with.

"I want to continue to expand regionally and nationally," she said. "For me, it is important to grow at the appropriate rate to ensure that we focus mainly on quality and customer service. I am passionate about sharing delicious wine that anyone can enjoy, so as long as I expand while being able to achieve that, I am going to go full speed ahead."

Sergi will host a signing on Feb. 22 (Friday) at the Salem Walmart from 3:30-5:30 p.m. L'uva Bella Winery also has monthly food and wine pairings and are also doing a wine and pasta pairing series at Buehler's. For more information and future events, visit Sergi's website at or on her Facebook.



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