How Bread got into the Picture
Traced back as early as 1590, the name Panaro originated from the Italian word “pane” meaning bread, the Latin term ”panarium” meaning breadbasket, and/or “panarii” whch translates to bread seller. Hence, our earliest ancestors were most likely basket makers, and most probably makers of baskets primarily for the bread making industry.
If one looks at the geographic origin of a family name, the small Aeolian island of Panarea just north of Messina, Sicily could easily be the original birthplace of most of the present-day Panaro’s.
Scientifically the archipelago is defined as a “volcanic arc.” Geology explains the origin of the Aeolian Islands is due to movement of the Earth’s crust as a result of plate tectonics (perhaps that is why “Brother Dave” became a Geologist). Being of volcanic origin, this island chain has been a major supplier of indigenous building materials such as stone, lava, pumice, obsidian, and tufa (interesting that “Brothers Larry and Vito” both have spent a majority of their lives in the building trades). Pumice is actually a major component of light-weight modern day concrete (an ancient Roman invention), known as “pazzolan” cement (could explain why “Papa Frank” Panaro went into the ready mixed concrete business).
In modern times, Panarea has become a fashionable vacation spot. In 2011, it was described by W magazine as, “The epicenter of the chicest summer scene in the Mediterranean”, and wine likely has some influence on the tourism lure.
Italy also has the 92-mile long Panaro River (the final right-hand tributary to the Po River), which runs through the famous wine-growing region of Emilia-Romagna. And we’re pretty sure river water is an important part of growing great wine grapes in this major Italian wine producing area.
Destiny and the Wine Connection
Since a great majority of Italian families have a history of making their own wine, the Panaro’s are no exception. In fact, the Panaro Brothers maternal Great Grandfather (Vincenzo Caiozzo) was a Vineyard Manager in northwest Sicily. Since every successive generation since has made wine, the Panaro Brothers are at least 4th generation Italian Winemakers (their sons and daughters being 5th generation). The only difference is they decided to share some of their family tradition by opening a Winery so everyone could sample and drink some of that wine heritage. And what’s better than Italian bread with some great wine?
And now you know the rest of the story!