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 industry. "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 results." 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 http://www.terlatowines.com.
SOURCE Terlato Wines International