According to a press release issued by Banfi Vintners, it has signed an agreement with Gruppo Italiano Vini (GIV) making it the U.S. importer of flagship brands Bolla and Fontana Candida. The agreement goes into effect on March 1, 2009. GIV purchased the brands from Brown Forman in 2008.
“We are very proud that ownership of the Bolla and Fontana Candida brands now returns to their birthplace, where the soundest winemaking decisions can be made and authenticity of the wines exalted,” said GIV CEO Emilio Pedron in the statement issued by Banfi. “At the same time, our partnership with Banfi Vintners facilitates a keen and valued insight into the tastes and desires of US wine consumers.”
“These brands, now under the proven guardianship of GIV, are true, timeless Italian classics,” said Banfi co-CEO James Mariani.