All About Family
In celebration of Women’s History Month we have reached out to a variety of female entrepreneurs to share their journey on how they have navigated owning and building a business.
Teresa Meschini resides in Minneapolis, MN and is co-owner of Familglia Meschini. She is living her dream co-creating with her family the best full bodied, authentic, Argentinian & Chilean wines produced out of their family owned vineyards.
What is your company and how did it begin?
My husband, Eugenio and I are wine producers and importers of Famiglia Meschini wines. I fell into wine by chance. I always enjoyed drinking it and still do. Eugenio grew up in Mendoza, Argentina and was immersed in it from a child. You could say it’s in his blood. Eugenio’s grandfather, Primo Meschini, immigrated from Italy to Argentina at the age of 14 and later began producing wine under the Meschini label. Decades later we are proud to resurrect the line. We strive to maintain Primo’s legacy of hard work and passion of wine and family. The wine business started out as an investment (our first vineyard), morphed into a hobby (drinking the wine and sharing it with our friends and family) and grew into a business as the kids got older. Our business kicked off with our first container of wine over nine years ago.
What is different about your company?
True to our name “famiglia” is Italian as a tribute to his Italian grandfather, Primo Meschin, and is a business all about family. Bella, our oldest daughter keeps our social media current and cool; Mia, designed our Chardonnay label after her favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings; Laura and Primo, have helped with catchy bottle wording. We have found great joy in working together. It’s about putting family first, about working with family in Mendoza and now sharing the wine with our family here in Minnesota.
What are the most important things to consider when running a business?
Have passion for what you do and you will always have energy and enthusiasm to do what needs to be done.
What resources did you use when starting your journey?
When we started it was simply to produce wines that we enjoy to drink. That way, if disaster struck and we couldn’t sell, we would simply throw a hell of a party and enjoy the wine ourselves. This, fortunately, has not happened and we have been very lucky that the wines sell themselves. Our smartest move was to convert our network of friends and acquaintances (aka drinking buddies) into fans of our wines.
What or who has made the biggest impact on your business so far?
The support from the local community. Eugenio and I have been BLESSED to have a loyal following of fans who support us by buying the wine and coming to our tasting events. This makes it all worth it. My absolute favorite thing about this business is when someone says to me, “I brought your wine to a dinner last weekend and told your story.” Eugenio and I are all about family, friends, good times, long dinners, and shared stories. Knowing that our wine was brought to do just that, truly warms my heart.
What has been the largest hurdle and / or success you have experienced as a business owner?
My biggest challenge is juggling the calendar. One of the biggest bummers of the wine business is that most people don’t care to taste wine between 9 am and 2 pm but rather in the evenings when the soccer games and school concerts occur. So, my challenge is juggling the calendar and with Eugenio traveling 50% of the time (for his “real” job) I can’t rely on him much. On the flip side, I absolutely adore being my own boss and it gives me great satisfaction to work alongside Eugenio promoting our own wine.
What advice would you give to other business owners just getting out of gate?
Don’t take no for an answer. Refuse to conform to what everyone else in your industry is doing.
What is it about Minnesota and the entrepreneurial ecosystem and how has it managed to keep you here?Eugenio and I met at St. Thomas a billion years ago back when it was still called College. I’m a native Minnesotan, grew up in Rochester in a large, close-knit family. Although we have lived abroad in both Kiev and London, we LOVE raising our kids here near family and with all that Minnesota has to offer. Sounds cliché but we really haven’t found a better place to live. From a business standpoint the support we get as a locally owned business is truly incredible.
Famiglia Meschini is the wine sponsor of the James J. Hill Center’s upcoming concert “Wine, Women and Song” featuring Keri Noble on Thursday, March 29th. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to participate in a free tasting before the concert. For more information visit our event page or purchase tickets for the concert.