LAKE BLUFF, Ill., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Margherita Pinot
Grigio, the Italian wine that revolutionized the American market more than
a quarter century ago, has been recognized yet again by two of the
country's leading wine publications.
For the fourth time, Impact magazine has awarded Santa Margherita "Hot
Brand" status, based on 2007 case sales. The refreshing, food-friendly
white wine also continues to dominate Wine & Spirits magazine's annual
poll, as the leading imported wine in America's top restaurants.
Imported by Terlato Wines International, Santa Margherita first
received "Hot Brand" status in 2000. The Impact distinction came again in
2005, 2006 and now in 2007, further confirming the brand's iconic standing
in the wine world.
For the 13th consecutive year, Wine & Spirits named Santa Margherita
the No. 1 imported wine sold in the nation's leading restaurants. Wine &
Spirits also ranked the wine eighth overall in its "Restaurant Top 50,"
which includes both domestic and imported wines.
The "Hot Brands" honor roll, to be published in upcoming issues of
Impact and Market Watch by publisher Marvin Shanken, provides wine trade
professionals, retailers and restaurateurs a snapshot of the hottest brands
and other trends in the wine industry. Terlato Wines President Bill Terlato
and Santa Margherita will also be honored at a "Hot Brands" reception in
April, at the annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association convention in
"It's exciting for us to once again receive 'Hot Brand' status from
Impact and such outstanding acclaim from restaurateurs in Wine & Spirits,"
said Terlato. "Our company was founded on the principle that quality is the
only thing that endures. As one of our flagship brands, Santa Margherita
embodies our family's quality philosophy. Wine lovers here in the U.S. can
truly taste the difference."
Pinot Grigio was an unknown varietal in the United States in the late
1970s, when Terlato's father, Anthony J. Terlato was in Italy, searching
for the "next great Italian wine."
In the small town of Portoguaro in the Alto Adige region, Terlato
visited a restaurant in a local inn and ordered all 18 bottles of Pinot
Grigio on the wine list.
Interested in what Terlato was up to, the Inn's proprietor joined him.
Together, they tasted the wines with a variety of foods and agreed the best
wine at the table was Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. As is the nature of
small-town life in Italy, the inn's proprietor knew the owners of Santa
Margherita. The next day Terlato met with Santa Margherita President Count
By the end of dinner that evening, Terlato Wines (then known as Paterno
Imports) was the sole importer for Santa Margherita. Back in the United
States and over the course of the last 26 years, Terlato built Santa
Margherita into a mainstay on wine lists in the nation's finest restaurants
and earned the title "Father of Pinot Grigio."
Terlato Wines International has a global portfolio of more than 40
brands from a host of world-class wine producers and presently markets more
than one out of eight bottles of wine over $14 sold in America. Terlato,
with more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world, is the flagship
company of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company of several
independent businesses specializing in the marketing and production of
exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family, the Group also
includes the family's winery investments and partnerships in some of the
world's most esteemed wine regions, including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County;
Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; France's Rhone Valley; and
Somontano in Spain.
The Terlato Wines International portfolio of brands includes: Napa
Valley: Brandlin, Chimney Rock, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Markham Vineyards,
Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks and Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County:
Alderbrook, Hanna, Rochioli and Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara
County: Sanford and Tangley Oaks; California Appellation: Glass Mountain
and Seven Daughters; Oregon: Argyle and Sokol Blosser; Italy: Baglio di
Pianetto, Ca' del Bosco, Ca' Marcanda (Gaja Toscana), Florio Martinez
Marsala, Gaja, Il Poggione, Kettmeir, Santa Margherita, Tiramisu,
Torresella and Distillatori Nonino (Grappa); France: Champagne Bollinger,
M. Chapoutier, Chateau des Laurets (Rothschild), Domaine Chanson, Domaine
Louis Moreau, Josmeyer and Langlois-Chateau; Australia: Branson Coach
House, Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Domaine Tournon and Two Hands;
Argentina: Tamari; Canada: Peller Estates Icewine; Greece: Boutari; New
Zealand: Wairau River; South Africa: Cirrus, Guardian Peak,
Engelbrecht-Els, Ernie Els Signature and Rust En Vrede; Spain: Olvena;
Switzerland: Xellent. For more information, visit
SOURCE Terlato Wines International