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
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