Paterno Changes Name to Terlato Wines International

Change reflects Terlato family legacy and affirms ongoing commitment to


Mar 01, 2007, 00:00 ET from Terlato Wines International

    LAKE BLUFF, Ill., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- William A. Terlato, President
 and CEO of Terlato Wine Group, today announced that Paterno Wines
 International has been renamed Terlato Wines International. The change
 affirms the Terlato family's ongoing commitment to quality and pays tribute
 to Anthony J. Terlato, the man who built the luxury wine marketing company.
     Chairman of Terlato Wine Group and Terlato Wines International, Anthony
 J. Terlato is today recognized as a prominent vintner, crafting premium
 wines that exemplify his family's passion for innovation and excellence.
 But it was his vision and bold leadership over a half-century that built
 Terlato Wines International -- and in the process, helped reshape the wine
     "For decades, our father worked to create a business that was a worthy
 tribute to our grandfather, Anthony Paterno," said William A. Terlato. "He
 succeeded in that endeavor, as he has in every aspect of the wine industry
 -- retailing, distribution, importing, marketing and now as a producer of
 quality wines. With today's announcement, my brother John and I are proud
 to honor our father, and to renew our family's commitment to the tradition
 of excellence he established."
     In 1955, Anthony J. Terlato began his career at his father's Chicago
 retail wine store, Leading Liquors, one of the city's first self-service
 wine shops. Its selection of imported wines attracted well-to-do
 professionals, academics and local businessmen. The experience inspired
 Terlato's passion for wine and focused his future on an emerging American
 market for the finest wines from around the world.
     In 1956, Terlato's father-in-law, Anthony Paterno, encouraged him to
 join Pacific Wine, Paterno's wine bottling and distribution company.
 Terlato soon transformed Pacific into a highly respected distributor of
 fine wines, and in 1963, he became president of the company at the age of
 29. Terlato marketed to the best restaurants and retailers, introducing
 fine wines expertly paired with superb cuisine prepared in a kitchen he
 installed on the second floor of Pacific's wine warehouse.
     Terlato's success at Pacific Wine allowed his father-in-law to focus on
 expanding the family business, and in 1961 they launched Paterno Imports,
 an importer of fine Italian wines. Terlato assumed leadership of Paterno
 Imports when his father-in-law fell ill in 1973, and went on to introduce
 an impressive collection of Italy's finest wines to the American table. One
 of those wines, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, created the Pinot Grigio
 category in the United States, and remains the most requested imported wine
 in restaurants today. For more than 30 years, Terlato built the Paterno
 company name and reputation as a tribute to his late father-in-law.
     His sons William and John have worked side by side with their father
 for more than two decades and have been instrumental in expanding the
 portfolio to include the world's great wine regions and most renowned
 producers: Bollinger, Chapoutier, Gaja and Two Hands, to name just a few.
     The Terlatos became producers in 1996 with the purchase of Napa Merlot
 pioneer Rutherford Hill. Their winery and vineyard holdings have since
 expanded to include Chimney Rock (Stags Leap District), Alderbrook (Sonoma
 County) and Sanford, the pioneering producer that helped to establish the
 Santa Rita Hills as a world-class wine region. In 2003, Anthony Terlato
 introduced EPISODE, the family's handcrafted Bordeaux blend, as an
 expression of the best Napa has to offer. In 2006, the first wines from
 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier -- the family's Australian joint venture with
 renowned Rhone winemaker Michel Chapoutier -- met critical acclaim, as did
 releases from Terlato Family Vineyards, the first label to carry the
 Terlato family name.
     The Terlato family has assembled the most highly praised collection of
 wines in the industry. The Terlato Wines International portfolio has
 garnered more ratings of 90 or higher than any other wine company in the
 world, an indication of the family's unrelenting commitment to quality.
     "The change to Terlato Wines International highlights our family's
 ongoing dedication to the wine business and recognizes our father as an
 industry icon," said William Terlato. "At a time when industry
 consolidation is creating public multinational corporations obligated to
 shareholders, our family's quest for quality above all else is stronger
 than ever. Our father's passion and dedication to excellence is the
 philosophical foundation for our business, and this name change affirms our
 pledge to place quality ahead of short-term thinking and short-term
     John A. Terlato, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrator for
 Terlato Wine Group and Terlato Wines International, said the name change
 also reflects a family tradition of innovation. "Our father is a
 trendsetter whose enthusiasm for discovery inspires our industry and
 enriches the American lifestyle. His keen insights and progressive vision
 promise continued growth for Terlato Wines and exciting new opportunities
 for consumers around the world to explore and enjoy exceptional wines."
     The Terlato Wine Group (TWG) is the parent company of wine operations
 that specialize in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned
 and operated by the Terlato family, the Group's flagship company is Terlato
 Wines International (TWI) in the United States, with more 90+ ratings than
 any wine company in the world. With a global portfolio of more than 40
 brands from a host of world-class wine producers, TWI markets more than one
 out of every eight bottles of wine over $14 sold in America. TWG also holds
 the family's investments in vineyards, wine production joint ventures and
 wineries in some of the world's most esteemed wine regions, including: Napa
 Valley; Sonoma County; Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; and the
 Rhone Valley.
     The Terlato Wines International portfolio of brands includes: Napa
 Valley: Chimney Rock, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Markham Vineyards, Rutherford
 Hill and Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County: Alderbrook, Hanna,
 Rochioli and Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Sanford;
 California Appellation: Glass Mountain; Oregon: Argyle and Sokol Blosser;
 Italy: Baglio di Pianetto, Barone Ricasoli, Ca' del Bosco, Ca' Marcanda
 (Gaja Toscana), Florio Martinez Marsala, Gagliole, Gaja, Il Poggione,
 Kettmeir, Santa Margherita, Torresella and Distilleria Nonino (Grappa);
 France: Champagne Bollinger, Chapoutier, Domaine Chanson, Domaine Louis
 Moreau, Josmeyer, Langlois-Chateau and Tour des Laurets; Australia: Branson
 Coach House, Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Domaine Tournon, and Two Hands;
 Argentina: Tamari; Canada: Peller Estates Icewine; Chile: Vina Tarapaca;
 Greece: Boutari; New Zealand: Wairau River; South Africa: Cirrus, Guardian
 Peak, Engelbrecht-Els, Ernie Els Signature, and Rust En Vrede. For more
 information, visit

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