Terlato Expands Portfolio with Celebrated Spanish Winery

Bodegas Olvena expresses a passion for Spain's emerging Somontano wine


Sep 27, 2007, 01:00 ET from Terlato Wines International

    LAKE BLUFF, Ill., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- William A. Terlato,
 President and Chief Executive Officer of Terlato Wines International,
 announced today an exclusive, long-term evergreen marketing agreement with
 Bodegas Olvena, in which Terlato will participate in the equity it builds
 in the brand.
     "We are thrilled to add Olvena with its remarkable collection of
 critically acclaimed wines from Spain's most exciting emerging region, to
 our luxury portfolio," said Terlato. "Our company has a history of
 anticipating and shaping luxury wine trends, and we were looking for a
 distinctive, terroir-driven wine and found Olvena is making just that in
     The Abbad family, creators and owners of Bodegas Olvena, were
 successful in numerous businesses from farming to cattle ranching before
 fulfilling a family dream of making wine. For years, they searched for the
 perfect location, finally deciding in 1999 to convert some of their own
 prized land in Somontano into vineyards. Their Somontano vineyards, located
 80 kilometers from the French border, are set on steeply-terraced terrain
 in soil that is high in sandstone, clay and limestone content at altitudes
 between 500 and 600 meters above sea level which make these ideal vineyard
 soils. In 2001 they completed construction on their state-of-the-art bodega
 that allows for the most modern winemaking techniques.
     Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Somontano burst onto the
 scene recently largely led by top-quality producers like Bodegas Olvena.
 Somontano means 'foothills of the mountains,' as Piedmont translates in
 Italian. Protected by mountains from cold northern weather, the region has
 become known for its unique ability to blend international and indigenous
 varietals to make top-quality wines.
     The foundation to all great wine is the fruit, and all of Olvena's
 wines are estate bottled, produced from its 210 hectares of vineyards.
 Terlato Wines International will import the following Olvena wines: Crianza
 a Cabernet Sauvignon, Hache a blend of Syrah and Garnacha, Coupage a blend
 of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cuatro 4, a blend of
 Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, as well as a Chardonnay.
     All of the labels are modern in design and feature beautiful close-up
 shots of vine shoots. Recently, Olvena entered into a long-term consultancy
 agreement with famed winemaker Michel Rolland, who has extensive experience
 producing wines in over ten countries. His decision to work with Olvena
 reflects the family's commitment to quality and the uniqueness of the
     "We are truly excited to have our wines represented by Terlato in the
 United States," said David Robinson, export director of Olvena. "We share a
 similar philosophy for family-ownership and quality-winemaking and look
 forward to a long partnership."
     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 and the Rhone Valley.
     The Terlato Wines International portfolio of brands includes: Napa
 Valley: Brandlin, 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, 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; 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.

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