In September 1967, my father Carmine D’Onofrio opened the family shoe import business in earnest with the signature location on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive, the focal point of the city’s Italian community. With an unwavering dedication to quality, value, and service Kalena’s Shoes thrived. Over the years, many in the Italian community voiced their opinion that with the containers of shoes already coming over from Italy, perhaps the family business should expand to include wines from the homeland. After all, the selection of Italian wines in the market at the time did leave room for improvement. In 1991, Stile Wines was born.
The name ‘Stile’ (pronounced ‘Stee-lay’ in Italian), corresponding to its English counterpart ‘style’, was chosen not only to represent the stylish wines that became part of the portfolio, but also to reflect the culture of incorporating wine stylishly as part of enjoying life to the fullest.
Over time, the list of highly regarded Italian producers working with Stile grew to the extent that Stile Wines became synonymous with Italian wine. To this day, we are proud to say that we offer one of the very finest portfolios of Italian wine in Canada.
Along the way, we have strived to add products from reputable producers from all over the world, always keeping in mind our goal of offering the absolute best possible quality and value. While we will undoubtedly always be viewed as an Italian specialist, we can now lay claim to being a truly diversified, international importer. In fact, to better reflect our broadened product mix of wine, spirits, beer and refreshment beverages, we have reintroduced ourselves as ‘Stile Brands’. Our goal is to efficiently represent these brands, and to best market them to achieve broad public awareness, as we feel that brands of such quality deserve to be as well known and enjoyed as possible.
My father passed away in 2005, but his spirit remains very much alive in all that we do. We are happy to know that the fine products we bring to this special part of the world have brought joy and a real appreciation for the finer things in life to so many.
With this in mind, we invite you to peruse the latest catalogue of fine offerings from our agency.
Grazie e buon santé,
Carmen D’Onofrio Jr.