Terlato Wines Adds More Sparkle to its Luxury Wine Portfolio with Nino Franco Prosecco

Jun 11, 2013, 10:00 ET from Terlato Wines International

LAKE BLUFF, Ill., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Answering the growing American thirst for Prosecco, Terlato Wines today announced an addition to its portfolio of luxury wines, with a long-term agreement to import and market the acclaimed sparkling wines of Nino Franco Spumanti.

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The third-generation, nearly century-old Nino Franco winery is recognized as a top producer of Prosecco throughout its extensive range of offerings. All of the Nino Franco wines are DOCG, the most esteemed appellation designation in Italy, indicating they are made with grapes grown on the steep hillsides of the 15 communes between the towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano in the Veneto region.

"We've been eager to add to our already outstanding roster of Champagne and Sparkling wine producers, and are extremely pleased to partner with Nino Franco," Terlato Wines Chief Executive Officer William A. Terlato said. "Primo Franco and his family produce classic and approachable wines that define the exceptional experience that Prosecco can offer, and we look forward to developing an even stronger presence and awareness for the brand in the United States."

The Nino Franco winery, located a few blocks from the center of the town in Valdobbiadene, was founded in 1919 by Antonio Franco, and grew to become a sizeable Prosecco producer under Antonio's son, Nino. Primo Franco took the reins in 1983. He brought a vision of making sparkling wine of the highest quality including single vineyard Prosecco, very much ahead of his time in the region. He continues to pursue that vision today.

"We're extremely pleased to work with a company like Terlato Wines that shares our commitment to quality," says Primo Franco. "Terlato has earned a reputation for expertise in fine wines that is unmatched, and we know our partnership with Terlato will help grow our brand in the United States."

Terlato will import and market five Nino Franco wines that bring to life the winery's expertise in making lively, fresh sparkling wines in all price ranges, from the "Rustico" Valdobbiadene DOCG to the extraordinary single-vineyard Grave di Stecca, which comes from a small, densely planted parcel of very old Glera vines (the white grape variety formerly known as "Prosecco").  Nino Franco wines will join Terlato's Estate Portfolio of wines.

Terlato Wines International (TWI) has a global portfolio of more than 60 brands from world class wine producers in more than a dozen countries, and presently markets more than one out of 10 bottles of wine over $14 sold in America.  According to Nielsen AdViews, Terlato Wines accounts for 41 percent of all advertising dollars spent among Luxury Wine companies—the leader in the category. TWI 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 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, Santa Barbara County, Victoria, Australia, the Rhône Valley in France and Montalcino, Italy.

The Terlato Wines International 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, Hideaway Creek, 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; Italy: Berlucchi, Ca' Marcanda (GAJA Toscana), Fizz56, GAJA, Goretti, Il Poggione, Mazzoni (Toscana), Nino Franco, Santa Margherita, Tiramisú, Torresella and Distillatori Nonino (Grappa); France: Champagne Bollinger, Château de Sancerre, Chateau-Timberlay, M. Chapoutier, Domaine Chanson, Langlois-Château,  MARIUS (by Michel Chapoutier), Mischief and Mayhem;   Austria:  Kracher;  Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, The Lucky Country, Twelftree and Two Hands;  Argentina: Cuarto Dominio and Tamari;  Chile: Lapostolle; Canada: Peller Estates Icewine;  Greece: Boutari; Mediterranean: Elios;  New Zealand: Loveblock, Wairau River; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Ernie Els Wines, Guardian Peak, Protea, Rust En Vrede;  Japan: Shimizu-no-mai Sake.

SOURCE Terlato Wines International