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Vintus Wins U.S. Import Rights To Tommasi

January 20, 2012

Vintus, the Pleasantville, New York-based fine wine importer, today agreed to become the exclusive U.S. importer for Tommasi Viticoltori, the renowned producer of Amarone and Valpolicella in Italy’s Veneto region. Vintus will now handle Tommasi’s entire U.S. portfolio, taking over from Rolar Imports.

The total Tommasi portfolio sold about 30,000 cases in the U.S. last year. Tommasi’s key wines from the Veneto are its Amarone Classico DOC ($80); Ca’ Florian Amarone Classico DOC ($90); Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC ($29); Crearo della Conca d’Oro Veronese IGT ($29); Arele Appassimento Veronese IGT ($24); Rafael Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC ($19); Le Prunee Merlot IGT ($17); Le Rosse Pinot Grigio IGT ($17); and Le Volpare Soave Classico DOC ($17). Tommasi is the largest vineyard holder in the Valpolicella Classico area and holds a total of 370 acres across the Veneto.

Tommasi also owns vineyards in Tuscany—most notably the Poggio al Tufo estate in southwestern Tuscany’s Maremma area, which borders the Tyrrhenian Sea. The key Tuscan wines for Tommasi are its Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo ($18), Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon ($19), Poggio al Tufo Vermentino ($18) and Poggio al Tufo Alicante ($25).

Tommasi’s wines have received numerous impressive ratings from Wine Spectator. Last year alone, its 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico scored a 92, while the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Maremma Toscana from Poggio al Tufo scored a 91, and the 2008 Arele Appassimento received a 90. In a 2010 Wine Spectator rating, Tommasi’s Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Ca’ Florian 2005 scored a 91.

“Until now, we’ve had a group of high-quality, but more niche producers from Italy,” said Vintus president and founder Michael Quinttus. “This partnership will enable us to develop a larger presence in Italy with a brand that has strong distribution potential. We plan to continue adding high-profile producers as future opportunities arise.”

Quinttus added that the priority wines in the Tommasi portfolio will be its Amarone, Ripasso, Rafael Valpolicella, Le Rosse Pinot Grigio, Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo and Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Tommasi accord comes 15 months after Vintus acquired ExCellars Wine Agencies in October 2010. In that deal, Vintus gained exclusive distribution rights to Rhone producer E. Guigal, Domaine des Baumard from the Loire Valley and Dog Point from New Zealand, among other brands. Founded in 2004, Vintus handles a broad portfolio of fine wines including Chateau Petrus, Chateau Lafleur-Petrus, Chateau Providence, Chateau Margaux, Cos d’Estournel, Chateau Montelena, Quinta do Noval, Il Palagio, Errazuriz and Viñedo Chadwick and Bodega Lurton, among others.

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