LAKE BLUFF, Ill., July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Terlato Wines today announced a long-term partnership with renowned Italian viticulturists Simonit & Sirch to introduce a pair of estate bottled DOC wines from the iconic Friuli Colli Orientali region in northeast Italy under the Terlato label: a Pinot Grigio and a Friulano. The two new wines are an extension of the Terlato Family Vineyards brand.
Simonit & Sirch are viticultural consultants to some of the most highly regarded wineries throughout Europe and South Africa. Since 2003, their team of 20 agronomists has developed revolutionary techniques for maximizing fruit quality from every vine and vineyard. Marco Simonit and Pierpaolo Sirch rethought every aspect of vineyard growing and wine making, and their book on manual pruning is widely hailed as a breakthrough, leading to vines with longevity and ultimate quality fruit that will produce exceptional wines.
"We are extremely pleased about our partnership with Marco Simonit & Pierpaolo Sirch," said William A. Terlato, CEO of Terlato Wines. "We share a fanatical pursuit of quality and believe that great wines start in the vineyard. Marco, Pierpaolo and their team are exceptional viticulturists, and that formed the foundation for our partnership."
"We are very happy to be working with the Terlato family," said Marco Simonit. "Terlato's reputation as the top luxury wine marketer in the U.S. makes them an ideal partner for us, and we like their principles of quality: the best fruit from exceptional vineyards in renowned appellations results to insure remarkable and distinctive wines."
Friuli is known for producing white wines with character that echoes the unique terroir of the area. The "ponca" soil (marl and sandstones) is rich with calcium and limestone, and dual climates keep the area temperate year 'round. Wines from Friuli Colli Orientali are full-bodied with expressive fruit and mineral character that makes them food-friendly and age-worthy.
Terlato Pinot Grigio Friuli and Terlato Friulano (suggested retail prices of $22 - $24) are made from estate vineyards owned and farmed by Simonit & Sirch. Terlato Pinot Grigio Friuli is well-balanced, with ripe fruit notes of peach, pear and citrus, and Terlato Friulano has a creamy texture, full body, floral aromas and distinct pear and almond notes. The two wines will join Terlato's Estate Portfolio, and will be available in the U.S. this spring.
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 Rhone Valley in France; Friuli, Italy and; Montalcino, Italy.
The Terlato Wines portfolio of brands includes: Napa Valley: Chimney Rock, EPISODE, Galaxy, Jack Nicklaus Wines, Luke Donald Collection, Markham Vineyards, Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks, Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County: Giarrusso, Hanna, Rochioli, The Federalist, Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Flor de Campo, Sanford; California Appellation: Glass Mountain, Greystone Cellars, Mike Ditka Wines, Jack's House, Seven Daughters; Washington State: Grace Lane; Argentina: Cuarto Dominio, Tamari; Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, the Lucky Country, Twelftree, Two Hands; Austria: Kracher; Canada: Peller Estates; Chile: Lapostolle; France: Belleruche by M. Chapoutier, Champagne Duval-Leroy, Chapoutier, Château de Sancerre, Château Timberlay, Domaine Ramonet, Château de Meursault, Château de Marsannay, Langlois-Château, MARIUS, Mischief & Mayhem, PIPER-HEIDSIECK; Greece: Boutari, Elios; Italy: Anselmi, Berlucchi, Ca'Marcanda (GAJA Toscana), Cecchi, Colavita, Cusumano, Epsilon, Fizz 56, GAJA, Goretti, Il Poggione, Mazzoni (Toscana), Nino Franco, Santa Margherita; Terlato Family Vineyards; Japan: Shimizu-no-mai Sake; Mediterranean: Elios; New Zealand: Loveblock, Turning Heads, Wairau River; Portugal: M. Chapoutier; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Protea, Rust en Vrede; Spain: Bodegas Valdemar, Marco Abella. Artisan Spirits: Adelphi Selections Scotch, Distillatorio Nonino (Amaro and Grappa), Don Pancho Origenes Rum, Heartland Prohibition Gin, Langley's No. 8 Gin; Marnier XO Cognac, Riazul Tequila, Tigre Blanc Vodka and Tiramisu Liqueur.
SOURCE Terlato Wines