E. & J. Gallo Winery acquires U.S. distribution rights for luxury Italian wine producer, Renato Ratti
MODESTO, Calif. February 25, 2016 - E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has been awarded the exclusive rights to distribute Italy’s Renato Ratti wines in the United States beginning immediately.
Renato Ratti will join Allegrini, Poggio al Tesoro and Pieropan in Gallo’s Luxury Wine Group (LUX Wines). Gallo initiated LUX Wines in 2014 to meet the evolving needs of its customers. LUX’s vision is to represent iconic wine suppliers from the most noteworthy appellations in the world.
"We are very excited to represent Renato Ratti wines in our LUX Wines portfolio in the US," said Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President of Gallo’s Premium Wine Division. He added, "Barolo is one of Italy’s most prestigious red wine regions and Renato Ratti has played a very important role in the region’s history and development."
Renato Ratti purchased his first vineyard in 1965 in the village of La Morra, a sub-region of Barolo known for producing elegant red wines from the Nebbiolo grape variety. Renato Ratti was among the first to produce a single-vineyard Barolo in the 1960’s and created the first detailed map of the region’s historical crus in the 1970’s.
Since 1988, the winery has been run by second-generation Pietro Ratti. Pietro oversaw the construction of a new gravity flow cellar in 2005. Today, Renato Ratti wines are made using both traditional and modern techniques which best highlight the individual expression of each grape variety and vineyard from which they are produced.
The Renato Ratti portfolio that LUX Wines will be distributing includes the Barolo Marcenasco, Barolo Conca, Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata, Langhe Nebbiolo and Barbera d’Asti.
Gallo imports and markets wine from Argentina, Australia, Italy, New Zealand and Spain.
About E. & J. Gallo Winery
Founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is a family-owned winery with more than 7,000 global employees and is the acclaimed producer of award-winning wines and spirits featured in more than 110 countries around the globe. A pioneer in the art of grape growing, winemaking, sustainable practices, marketing and worldwide distribution, Gallo crafts and imports wines and spirits to suit a diverse range of tastes and occasions, from everyday offerings to boutique, luxury bottlings.
The Gallo portfolio is comprised of more than 100 unique brands, including Barefoot Cellars, Dark Horse, and Gallo Family Vineyards, as well as premium box wines The Naked Grape and Vin Vault. Premium offerings include Apothic, Carnivor, Chateau Souverain, Columbia Winery, Ecco Domani, Edna Valley Vineyard, J Vineyards & Winery, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Mirassou, Orin Swift, Talbott Vineyards, and William Hill Estate, along with highly acclaimed imports, such as Alamos, Brancaia, La Marca, Las Rocas, Martín Códax, Whitehaven, and LUX Wines, importers of Allegrini, Argiano, Jermann, Pieropan and Renato Ratti. Gallo Spirits currently offers New Amsterdam Vodka and Gin, Familia Camarena Tequila, RumHaven, Lo-Fi Aperitifs, E&J Brandy, Argonaut Brandy, Germain-Robin Brandy, Diplomático Rum, as well as imported Scotch whiskies from Whyte & Mackay, including The Dalmore, Jura and John Barr.