Terlato Adds Veneto's Anselmi Wines to Luxury Wine Portfolio
Lake Bluff, Ill.
Lake Bluff, Ill – April 30, 2014 – 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."