GRAPPA by Mario Adamo

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The Conqueror

Artist: Mario Adamo

Purchased by:  The Adamo Family

Location:  Adamo Estate Winery


Meet Grappa

Grappa is a medium sized quarter horse who was born in a small barn overlooking the Hockley Valley. From a very young age, Grappa roamed the fields that are now home to Adamo Estate Winery. He now spends his time reflecting on his youth, and you’ll find him grazing amongst the wild flowers at the winery entrance. While Grappa is not broke to ride, he is a kind and gentle creature and loves visits. Grappa was hand-painted by Mr. Mario Adamo.

Mario Adamo

Born in Calabria (Italy) and coming to Canada when he was 18 years old, Mario started out as an artist, painter and sculptor, turning his creative talent into a hairdressing career, where he went on to own and run 2 salons. After marrying his wife Nancy, they decided to follow the path where their shared passion for food could shine. In 1972, Mario and his wife Nancy started a thriving catering business, and in 1985, they took the opportunity to move their business and life to a location that really felt like home. It was then that Hockley Valley Resort was born, having now evolved into a 114 room, four-season resort and culinary destination. As the years passed, Mario re-invented himself again, pondering the land in their region, comparing it to his home in Calabria. Though the region was not known for winemaking, this did not deter Mario. His sheer will and determination, combined with the family’s standard for the highest quality, is the foundation for Adamo Estate Winery, a successful winery with award-winning wines, 23,000 vines and 25 acres.