The Totino Story

Don Totino was Born in Marina di Gioiosa Ionica RC. (1950) – Italy and immigrated to Australia in 1968. At the age of 18 he was the youngest barber in Australia, however he realised that hair dressing was not for him. He then went on to own and operate a pizza bar called “lick a chic”.

In 1977 he bought Sarti Liquors, producing liquors/essenses/marsala and importing Italian wines and food. 1986 he sold shares to the Rugari and Condo. Later that year he sold Festival Cellars at Craigmore and hence Festival City Wines & Spirits Pty Limited.

Festival City has since expanded into importing and distributing of fine Italian products (cheeses, pasta, waters, wines etc) and local SA and Australian products and more recently wines from New Zealand. The company is today a leading distributor of wines, spirits & beers, and supplies up to 80% of the SA hospitality service, as well as other Australian states.

Over the last few years the company has entered into the vinegar business, purchasing the oldest Australian vinegar labels Vine Valley Vinegar, and subsequently expanding the product range. More recently Festival City has opened an extensive "cash & carry".

In 1998 Don purchased an Adelaide Hills vineyard in the region of Paracombe, where Totino Estate was born. The existing vineyards were neglected. With a lot of passion and determination the vineyards began to grow and 2002 saw the first release of the whit wine Pinot Grigio and Unwooded Chardonnay. Along with a passion of viticulture, Don is a man who has dedicated his time to many charitable boards and social groups . Don Totino has been President the South Australian division of the Italian Chamber of Commerce since 1997, a member of the Chamber since 1986 and board member since 1995. Don Totino is also the President of the National Council of Italian Chambers of Commerce in Australia. A Member of SPARC an executive board member of the Down Syndrome Association.

In 2003 he was awarded, a Knight of the Order of Merit to the Italian Republic "Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Mertio della Repubblica Italiana". These awards are conferred to Italian citizens for outstanding contribution in their field and merit in honour of the Italian state. In 2006 Don was awarded OAM, the Medal of the Order of Australia. This was For service to the Italian community, particularly through promoting commerce and industry, and as a supporter of a range of charitable organisations.

Don is married with three children, Anna, Linda, Francesco, & Son-in-laws Laurence Condo & Chris Jarmer. Don & Connie have three beautiful grand daughters, Cartia and Alexia Condo, and Charlotte Lillibel Jarmer.