E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it received exclusive rights to distribute Italy’s Renato Ratti wines in the United States.
This deal beginning immediately.
Renato Ratti will join Allegrini, Poggio al Tesoro and Pieropan in Gallo’s Luxury Wine Group (LUX Wines), which launched in 2014.
“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, in a press release. “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 red wines from the Nebbiolo grape variety, the company says. 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, the company says.
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.
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.