How did geopolitics – COVID in 2020, the war in the Ukraine in 2022, and other crises – affect Italy’s highest profile companies, which represent 7.4% of Italian GDP? How have Altagamma’s three pillars of development fared under Lunelli’s leadership: sustainability, digital engagement, and international expansion?
Matteo is a passionate entrepreneur and the President and CEO of Ferrari Trento Winery, Italy’s leading producer of luxury sparkling wines, founded in Trento in 1902. He is also the CEO of Gruppo Lunelli, an Italian beverage group which, along with Ferrari, includes: the mineral water Surgiva; the historic grappa Segnana; the Tenute Lunelli; Bisol1542 and Tassoni.
Matteo is 48 years old. He and his wife, Valentina, have two children. After graduating with honors in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and before joining the family business, he worked for five years at Goldman Sachs International in Zurich, London and New York. Strongly committed to promoting Italian lifestyle, Matteo is Chairman of Fondazione Altagamma, which gathers leading high-end Italian companies from seven sectors: fashion, jewelry, food and beverage, automotive, yachting, design and hospitality. In 2022 Matteo Lunelli became Chairman of ECCIA, the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance, composed of six European cultural and creative industries organizations which represent over 600 brands and cultural institutions.
He loves art and from 2014 to 2019 he was Vice Chairman of MART. He is also a member of the board of the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation and of the Laureus in Italy. In 2016 Matteo was President of IWSC The International Wine and Spirit Competition. Matteo has received several important awards, such as the “2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the Family Business category from the EY Award. Matteo has been passionate about Formula 1® since he was a child. In 2021 he accomplished a dream: Ferrari Trento stepped onto the podium becoming the Official Toast of the most iconic awards ceremony in the realm of sports.
Founded in 1992, Altagamma gathers Italy’s top cultural and creative companies, which promote the country’s excellence, distinctive identity and lifestyle worldwide. With a uniquely transversal approach, Altagamma has 25 partners and represents 113 brands from seven different industries: fashion, design, jewelry, food, hospitality, automotive and yacht-building, which together boast more than 10,000 years of history. Altagamma’s mission is to boost the growth and competitiveness of Italy’s cultural and creative companies, thus making an effective contribution to the Italian economy. In a worldwide market worth almost € 1,200 billion, the Italian high-end sector has a turnover of € 126 billion, and accounts for 7.4% of the country’s GDP. 53% of its revenues comes from exports. The sector employs more than 1,900,000 people directly and indirectly.
Claudia Flisi – USITF Communications Team – is a bicultural freelance writer based in Washington D.C. Her stories have appeared in hundreds of publications including the International New York Times, Newsweek, Variety, and The Economist Intelligence Unit.