Sampaguita is the home of Rina Vargas and Tim Brewer.
Tim was originally from Africa
(South Africa & Kenya) and has lived all over the world including
California where he planted his first vineyard before moving to Asia
in 1984 (Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia), pioneering setting
up satellite-television stations, then marketing satellites (Asiasat,
Rimsat, GIS Coupon) and related business ventures, eventually ending
his satellite career in Moscow as consultant for Intersputnik.
Rina was originally from Bicol
in the Philippines (renown for its beautiful ladies!), we met in
Manila and started a diving resort with bar and restaurant on a
motor yacht anchored off Boracay Island, one of the world's premiere
paradise beach locations.
In 1996 we moved to London from Moscow and
lived in Hampstead and Totteridge. Three years later Tim's work moved
him in to Taiwan, and after spending a a year in Taipei, we decided
to change our lives and move to Northern Italy to find a vineyard property
which we could convert into a small hotel.
Why Italy? We had friends in Piedmont and
when we visited we fell in love with the ambience, the climate, the
lifestyle and the perfect location, not to mention some of the best
wines and foods in the world.
We arrived on Easter of 2001, and after
three months we found the ideal place for us to convert into our dream.
We purchased a farm property with a big farmhouse near to Asti which
we converted into an agriturismo farm-stay bed and breakfast - Villa
(sambac jasmine) is the national flower of the Philippines, and
we have planted one of these vines to remind us of Asia.
Fast forward 18 years of wonderful experiences,
many guests from all over the world who became our friends, many wine
harvests and we find ourselves getting older and in need of a smaller
and less demanding place to stay.
Another year of searching for another house
and waiting for the sale of Villa Sampaguita to be finalised; in August
2019 we moved to the beautiful village of San Pietro, where we started
Villetta Sampaguita for guests who want to spend time in Piedmont and
for Rina to focus on her cooking.
Maybe its time for Tim to write his autobiography
and Rina to perfect her cooking app.
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