Gino Corsini was born on the 15th May, 1933 in Bagni di Lucca, Italy. He attended Primary School in Bagni di Lucca.

Whilst living in Italy with his family he did any work he could find. These jobs included: wood cutting, scrap metal, working with his father as a Blacksmith, a Baker for 9 months and helped his grandfather as a stone mason.
At the age of 19 he left Italy to come to Australia. Before boarding the ship he spent 6 days in Naples. The ship he came across on was the Castel Bianco. It left from Naples and arrived in Sydney on the 1st August 1952.
When he arrived in Australia the Immigration department sent him to Greta Migrant camp in N.S.W. It was 9 weeks before he found work. He was sent to Brisbane where he worked part-time as an Airport gardener for approximately 6 weeks.
After Brisbane he left for Babinda where he worked full-time for 5 weeks on the sugarcane as a cane cutter.
After the work on the sugarcane he remained in Babinda. He lived in an old shed and had no work for 7 months. He finally got more work on the sugarcane in Babinda. Unfortunately after 3 weeks of work he fell ill. He spent 11 days in hospital and then was unwell for the next couple of months. He got a fever from the rats in the sugarcane and was unable to ever cut sugarcane again.
He moved on to Mareeba. As he was unable to cut cane, he worked for a short time for wages on the tobacco. He then share-farmed tobacco at Keneally’s, (an Australian couple who ran a farm in Mareeba) for 5 years. On the off-season he worked for the Mareeba Shire Council.
In 1957 he met his wife to be, Carmel Musumeci in Mareeba at a local dance.

1958 – 1974 Marriage and children

In September 1958 he married Carmel.

In late 1958 they left Mareeba and moved to Myrtleford, Victoria.  They share-farmed tobacco for 12 months.

In 1959 they bought a Fish and Chip Shop in Wangaratta, Victoria.  Their first daughter, Janene, was born in 1963.

In 1964, after 5 years, they sold the fish and chip shop and went back up to Mareeba.  Their tobacco was wiped out by hail.  After a short 3 month stay they returned to Victoria.

In 1964 their tobacco crop in Porepunkah, Victoria, was totally lost due to terrible drought conditions.

In 1965 they moved to Eurobin, Victoria, and share-farmed tobacco for 4 years.  In was late in 1965 that their second child Peter was born.

In 1969 they bought their King Valley property, where Gino still lives today.  They grew tobacco for many years.

In 1970 their third child, Franco was born.

In 1974, their fourth child, Linda was born.

1980 Gino and son Peter plant the first vines

In 1980, Peter, the eldest son was now working on the farm with Gino.  They were both interested in growing grapes so decided to plant their first lot of vines.  These grapes were sold to Brown Brothers of Milawa.  Some of the grapes were kept for Gino to continue his family tradition of making his own wine for family and friends. These wines were made the traditional way with no filtration and no preservatives added.

Over the next few years the quantity of tobacco grown on the property lessened and the grape vines increased.  A contract for the sale of the grapes was established with Brown Brothers of Milawa.  Gino continued to make small quantities of wine for family and friends.

In 1992, Gino and Carmel’s eldest daughter got married and insisted that her Dad’s wine was to be served on her wedding day.  From that day on many people started to ask if they could buy Gino’s Vino. (Gino’s wine)

It was in 1993 that they decided to no longer grow tobacco.

1995 Labelling the wine La Cantina “The Cellar” in Italian

In 1995, Gino and Carmel Corsini decided to get a permit and label their wine – La Cantina, meaning “The Cellar” in Italian.

Sales started increasing and it was in 1997 that Gino and Carmel decided to build a cellar door.  It was to be a traditional Tuscan style building made from stone

Gino, still today makes his wine with no filtration and no preservatives added.  The family tradition is passed to the next generation as he works together with his eldest son, Peter.  The winery has grown every year with lots of people turning to the no preservatives added alternative and is now sold nation wide.  La Cantina King Valley is one of few wineries in Australia which produce all wines with no preservatives added.

Wine making and business practice is done solely by family.