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Wine Spectator: Italy’s Antinori Buys Majority Stake in Friuli Winery Jermann

March 12, 2021

Italian wine giant Antinori has purchased a majority stake in the historic Jermann winery, located in northeastern Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. The sale price was not disclosed.

“Our family has always been involved, being based in Tuscany, in the production of mostly red wines—with the exception only of Umbria’s Castello della Sala,” Antinori president emeritus Piero Antinori told Wine Spectator. “This is the reason that the addition of an iconic white wine winery was a logical move for us, and consequently, we were looking for opportunities in one of the top white wine regions in Italy.”

Jermann was established in 1881 by Anton Jermann, great-grandfather of the current proprietor and winemaker, Silvio Jermann. Silvio is lauded for his role in bringing quality wines from Friuli to the forefront of Italian winemaking. Today the winery produces more than 16 labels from almost 420 acres of vineyards. “Silvio keeps a minority stake of the company and continues to be the ‘soul’ of Jermann, to guarantee the continuity of the style and quality of the wines,” said Antinori. Wine Spectator has more.

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