Gallo adds to Italian wines it will distribute

By John Holland February 5, 2014
Merced Sun-Star
E.&J. Gallo Winery announced Wednesday that it will add to the luxury Italian wines it distributes in the United States.

Allegrini Estates, which has made wine in the Valpolicella region of northern Italy for six generations, awarded exclusive rights to the Modesto-based company. The agreement also involves the same winemaker's Poggio al Tesoro label from Tuscany.

"Allegrini is a great addition to our portfolio, and we're thrilled to have the chance to represent them," said Roger Nabedian, senior vice president of Gallo's premium wine division, in a news release. "We are excited to share these award-winning wines with American consumers."

Gallo will start distributing the wines, which sell for $20 to $80, on April 1.

The agreement comes two years after Gallo, the world's largest wine company, acquired U.S distribution rights to the high-end Brancaia wines from Tuscany. It also imports several lower-priced Italian brands, along with wines from Spain, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Gallo, founded in 1933, has its main domestic production in the San Joaquin Valley, along with wineries in coastal California regions and Washington state.

The Allegrini Estates brand features one white wine and seven reds, most of them blends, from a region where the Allegrini family has farmed since the 16th century. Poggio al Tesoro offers three reds, a white and a rosé.

"We feel privileged to join the (Gallo) family and its network of distributors and will continue to focus on the quality of our wines and the quality of service to our clientele," said Marilisa Allegrini, who leads sales and marketing at Allegrini Estates, in the release.