Il Bottaio Gallery
Il Bottaio Gallery
The wine shop
that you don't expect
Bottaio Gallery - Made in Italy represents a journey of discovery of the territory and the Italian oenological heritage.
Inside the wine shop it is possible to buy bottles of wine from the various regions of Italy, and at the same time make an excursus through a tasting experience, also of local artisan products. A specialized sommelier, attentive to your needs, is available to guide you in choosing the wine that best suits your taste or to answer any kind of question or curiosity about the wine world.
Tradition, art and heritage
The history of Il Bottaio, that takes its name from the ancient craft of making wooden barrels - “botte”, in Italian - is at the heart of this project that aims at keeping traditions alive, in particular those liked to craftsmanship. Back then, the production of barrels made of wood and iron stripes wasn’t a luxury per se, but an important necessity for agricultural and domestic purposes; indeed many daily and seasonal activities required reliable, ductile, robust yet lightweight, containers.
After the Second World War, during the economic boom, many farmers left the countryside and flee to the mountains looking for opportunities. The highest part of our lake was hit by this emigration wave and was inevitably and gradually left with less and less work for artisans and craftsmen, whose job, once very important, had become obsolete.
The Bottaio Gallery is one of the very few historical workshop that have been saved and preserved and is now an open space gallery that can be visited. Here, Italian masters of Made in Italy - modern craftsmen with their feet firmly planted in tradition - have their own suggestive and classy exhibition spaces, immersed in a charming and welcoming atmosphere. Il Bottaio Gallery represents a unique gallery in Varenna: a "walk" at the heart of "made in Italy”, where the tradition of craftsmanship is combined with the elegance of modernity.
Since 1964, Fratelli Rizzi Snc has been known on the world market for the production of professional cutting tools. Experience and tradition combined with research and innovation ensure the best quality at the right price.
Since 1958 it has represented excellence in Italian craftsmanship and Lake Como.
Its products are 100% made in Italy, from the sourcing of real leather to the carefully executed production stages.