UK Director


Rob left his home town of Torquay in South Devon to complete an Economic History and Economics degree at Bristol University in 1970/73 followed by a career in banking and finance which took him to London and he now lives in Hampshire with his wife Farida and daughter Francesca. They spend as much time as possible in Italy either visiting family and friends or just soaking up the culture and lifestyle. Every region is so unique and they have enjoyed Italy from the mountains of Aosta in the Italian Alps to the riches of Sicily in the south. Food and wine have always been an important part of their Italian experience and the knowledge gained of the wines and produce of Romagna, together with their love of the region, has been instrumental in their desire to showcase these through “The Garden Of Italy”



UK Marketing and

Business Development



Lucy George-Foster, has been at the helm of LGF Events Marketing and PR Ltd as Managing Director specialising in Business Development, Marketing and Sales for over 20 years. The main thrust of her work has been specialising in B2B, retail business, construction, education and third sector, working in-house with clients to develop and manage bespoke Sales and Marketing Development Projects/ Campaigns, PR, Media Advertising, Sponsorship and Event Management. Lucy initially met Rob Oades through business during his time as the Commercial Director of HSBC Bank. Since then over the last 11 years their families have become great friends. Having grown up surrounded by the English countryside and its ways particularly horse riding in the beautiful Devonshire hills and along the rugged English coastline, Lucy fell in love with Italy when she stayed in Cesenatico a small coastal town. She shares the other Directors’ passion and love of the people, scenery, Italian wine and delicious food.
Our values lead us to deliver the best quality service to our clients. We are proud of our work and enjoy what we do best, delivering and presenting quality products and events.


Director, Italia

Simonen Sacchetti Italian director with wine, smiling

I was born in Cesena and have spent my whole life in the Romagna region and take great pride in its history and culture. I am a practising building surveyor specialising in design and consultancy with specific interest in the preservation and conservation of historical buildings. The love of our culture which is linked so closely to the passion for good food and wine is the simple story of our family and the philosophy of our lives.
My knowledge of wine is something that I have gained over many years by a close association with vineyards and wineries in Romagna. It is the embodiment of our region and the wines from our sangiovese grape have the power to take us back in time; to awaken the desire to savour the sunshine and contagious joy of Romagna – the land and its people.
The Garden of Italy is our attempt to identify high quality artisan products from our region and to convey the pride taken in their production. It is a story based upon natural ingredients and honest quality. The making of the wine and the drinking of the wine – in friendship!
Our family calls upon our great knowledge of this region to bring together the unique characteristics of this land and to bring our wines to your table.