LAKE BLUFF, Ill., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Terlato Wines today announced that it will import the wines of Anselmi, one of the most innovative and respected wineries in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. The long-term agreement with Anselmi deepens Terlato's Italian portfolio with a collection of premium still wines from the Soave region.
Anselmi is known for its approach to grape growing and wine making as a forerunner in the Soave region. Owner and winemaker Roberto Anselmi makes wines to his exacting standards, adopting unconventional low-yield growing methods and winemaking techniques to produce wines of the highest quality and a higher evolution in Soave. In fact, he decided to forego the Soave name entirely and instead name his wines after his acclaimed vineyards.
"Anselmi is an ideal addition to our portfolio," said Terlato Wines Chief Executive William A. Terlato. "In an appellation known for often neutral wines of modest character, Roberto Anselmi has taken a bold and meticulous approach that is resulting in exciting wines of huge character and high quality. They are redefining the white wines of Verona. Anselmi has all the characteristics that we look for: family ownership, a laser focus on quality and superior estate vineyards and winery facilities. We're very excited to introduce these wines to a broader U.S. audience."
Terlato will feature four wines from Anselmi: San Vincenzo, made of 70 percent Garganega and 30 percent Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and additional varieties from the Monteforte area; Capitel Foscarino, made of 90 percent Garganega and 10 percent Chardonnay, grown on Foscarino Hill in Soave; Capitel Croce, a 100 percent Garganega wine from the Monteforte area; and I Capitelli, a dessert wine made of 100 percent late-harvest Garganega from the Monteforte and Soave areas. The wines will range in price from approximately $18 to $50.
"Ever since my grandfather was forced to relinquish his vineyards after World War II, I dreamt of buying them back and creating a winery to produce wines of exceptional quality," said Anselmi owner and winemaker Roberto Anselmi. "I was finally able to buy the land of my dreams – hillside vineyards in Soave – and I made a commitment to making decisions that were rooted in quality. I'm very proud of our wines and of our new partnership with the Terlato family."
As Anselmi began cultivating his vineyards in Soave, he took risks and made choices aimed at elevating the quality of his wines: a less productive but more aromatic Garganega strain, reduction of the number of bunches per plant and vinification methods that are precise in every detail: cold maceration, fermentation at low temperatures and long ageing periods.
Anselmi Wines have been included in the Wine Spectator Top 100, and routinely receive praise for their complexity, balance and intelligent structure. As one reviewer noted of Anselmi, "More and more high quality wines are being made around the world, at accessible prices. It's a formula that provides wine lovers with exciting wine-buying opportunities."
Terlato Wines has a global portfolio of more than 70 brands from world class wine producers in more than a dozen countries and controls a 20 percent market share of wines $20 and up in the U.S. Terlato Wines garners more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world and is a division of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company comprising several small businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family for four generations, 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; Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; the Rhône Valley in France and; Montalcino, Italy.
The Terlato Wines portfolio of brands includes:Napa Valley:Chimney Rock, EPISODE, Galaxy, Jack Nicklaus Wines, Luke Donald Collection, Markham Vineyards, Quickfire, Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks, Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County: Alderbrook, Giarrusso, Hanna, Rochioli, The Federalist, Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Flor de Campo, Sanford; California Appellation: Glass Mountain, Greystone Cellars, Mike Ditka Wines, Seven Daughters; Oregon: Sokol Blosser; Washington State: Grace Lane; Argentina: Cuarto Dominio,Tamari; Australia:Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, the Lucky Country, Twelftree Wines,Two Hands; Austria: Kracher; Canada: Peller Estates; Chile: Lapostolle; France: Belleruche by M. Chapoutier, Champagne Bollinger, Chateau de Sancerre, Chateau Timberlay, Chanson Pere & Fils, Domaine Ramonet, Langlois-Chateau, M. Chapoutier, MARIUS, Mischief & Mayhem; Greece: Boutari; Italy: Anselmi,Berlucchi, Ca'Marcanda (GAJA Toscana), Colavita, Cusumano, Fizz 56, GAJA, Goretti, Il Poggione, Mazzoni (Toscana), Nino Franco, Santa Margherita, Torresella,; Japan: Shimizu-no-mai. Sake; Mediterranean: Elios; New Zealand: Loveblock, Turning Heads, Wairau River; Oregon: Sokol Blosser; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Protea, Rust en Vrede; Spain: Bodegas Valdemar, Marco Abella. Artisan Spirits: Adelphi Selections Scotch, Distillatori Nonino (Grappa), Don Pancho Origenes rum, Langley's No. 8 gin; Marnier Cognac, Riazul Tequila, Tigre Blanc vodka and Tiramisu Liqueur.