Quartermile embraces Italy’s aperitivo culture

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ITALY’S after-work culture of drinking, nibbling and relaxing is set to come to the Capital’s Quartermile district with the opening of Veeno’s second Italian Wine Café in the city.

Following the success of their first site, which opened on Rose Street last year, Veeno’s latest venture in Edinburgh will be their twelvth in the UK and they are excited about it.

“Quartermile is the perfect market for us and represents a great opportunity to build our brand in a vibrant, upcoming area,” explains co-founder Andrea Zecchino

Veeno specialises in family grown Sicilian wine alongside authentic Spuntini including platters of meats, cheese and other appetisers imported from selected Italian producers.

The story began for the company’s co-founders Nino and Andrea in 2013 when they met playing a game of football, both missed the Italian aperitivo culture, the ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing after work.

By the end of the year they had opened their first wine café, and the rest is history or “Il resto e’ storia” as they say in Italy.

“This is a really exciting time for Veeno, as well as Edinburgh we are very close to announcing a number of new cafés, we have also seen a huge amount of interest in our franchising operations and we are looking forward to supporting a number of franchisees in opening their own Veeno later in the year.”

Veeno source their wine from Nino’s family vineyard in Marsala, Sicily. The Caruso family have been growing vines there since the 19th century. Having such a close relationship between the vineyard and the wine cafés means that only the best quality wines make it from grape to glass.

Veeno opens at 11 Lister Square, Quartermile, at 5pm on Thursday when members of the public are invited to join them to enjoy a glass of Nino’s family produced wine by signing up at www.theveenocompany.com