It was in distant 1973 when the Venteian Giacomo Cora first opened the doors of the N’ombra de Vin wine shop in an old suburb of Milan buttressed by the walls of the San Marco Basilica. As a testimony to the cultural and historical importance of the N’ombra de Vin cellars, it was here that in the 5th Century the Friars of the Agostine order had their refectory, Manzoni in his literary masterpiece, “I Promessi Sposi”, also cites these antique cellars, Napoleon’s army frequented these cellars and the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart can be counted among N’ombra de Vin’s most illustrious visitors. As a great connoisseur of wine, Giacomo Cora transformed the old walls of these historical cellars into a wine shop which boasted the very best oenological offerings from both France and Italy. The wine shop became an immediate success among Milan’s most discerning palates and the Milanese upper class. Initially, N’ombra de Vin was managed by the masterly sommelier, Arnaldo Marin, whose knowledge and passion for the craft of the wine merchant contributed to the reputation of N’ombra de Vin as one of the city’s great wine shops.
In 2007 Cristiano Cora, the son of N’ombra de Vin’s founder Giacomo, took over management of the wine shop. While aware of N’ombra de Vin’s traditional and historical past, Cristiano brought with him a spirit of innovation and youthful zeal to the running of the wine shop, transforming it into a venue for wine lovers of all ages while still maintaining the shop’s traditional appeal.
Under the guidance of Cristiano, N’ombra de Vin has evolved into a vibrant multi-function venue with a gourmet bistro, a rich program of evening wine tastings featuring the world’s great wines, cultural and artistic events as well as evenings with live music and a DJ set. The ever present crowds outside the N'ombra de Vin entrance testifies to the popularity of N'ombra de Vin making the venue a focal point of Milan’s rich and varied nightlife. As an uncompromising aesthete, Cristiano has created a venue that not only caters to the most demanding of wine lovers but also satisfies the needs of those night goers in search of a memorable experience, whether this be an aperitivo among the Milanese crowd, a late night dance party, a romantic dinner for two within N'ombra de Vin’s evocative vaulted cellars or a quiet business lunch N'ombra de Vin offers all of these possibilities as well as being a melting pot of cultural initiatives.
''Life is too short to drink bad wine''
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe