Giacosa ends historic relationship with Wine Bow

Source: Drinks Media Wire.

NAPA, Calif. – Folio Fine Wine Partners, a Michael Mondavi family-owned company that represents specially selected wines from the great winegrowing regions of the world, announced today that it will be the new United States importer for the critically acclaimed Italian wine producer, Bruno Giacosa, effective January 1, 2012.

“We are honored to represent the Giacosa wines in the U.S. and look forward to working with the Giacosa family for years to come,” said Michael Mondavi, founder, Folio Fine Wine Partners. “They truly are one of the best producers in Italy—and the world—and their wines will be a wonderful addition to our portfolio, which includes other top winemaking families from around the world.”

“We are confident that Michael, his family and the Folio team will be able to take our business to the next level in the U.S.,” said Bruna Giacosa. “We have always respected the Mondavi family and believe they bring a unique perspective to our business, as an importer and a producer. Folio is a young and dynamic company but the collective industry experience of their team is deep.”

Bruno Giacosa was born in 1929 in Neive, the village where the Giacosa winery is located. He learned how to make the great wines of Piedmont—Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Barbera—at an early age from his father and grandfather. Since the 1960s, he has been recognized as a leading winemaker in the region and the Giacosa wines are often lauded by critics as some of the finest examples of the classic Piedmont varietals.

Today, the family legacy continues with his daughter, Bruna Giacosa. Bruna, who has worked by her father’s side since she was a student, oversees the management of the family business.

Beginning in January 2012, Folio Fine Wine Partners will import the following Giacosa wines: Barbaresco Asili DOCG, Barbaresco Asili Riserva DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, Barbaresco Santo Stefano DOCG, Barbera d’Alba DOC, Barbera d’Alba Falletto DOC, Barolo DOCG, Barolo Falletto DOCG, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto DOCG, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva DOCG, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, Dolcetto d’Alba Falletto DOC, Dolcetto d’Alba Sorano DOC, Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC, Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore DOC, Roero Arneis DOCG, Spumante Extra Brut, Spumante Extra Brut Rose.

Folio Fine Wine Partners was founded in 2004 by Michael Mondavi and his wife, Isabel, with their children, Dina and Rob, who oversees winegrowing operations for the company. Folio is an importer, fine wine agency and producer of quality wines from the world’s premiere and emerging wine regions. Folio provides sales, marketing and public relations services to wine brands from California, Argentina, Italy, Austria, Germany and Spain.

The Giacosa family has been making wine in the Langhe region of Piedmont for three generations. The Giacosa property covers 37 acres that are entirely cultivated to vines. The altitude of the estate, its south/south-west exposure, and the microclimate combine to create optimal winegrowing conditions. Giacosa makes wine using estate-grown fruit under the “Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa” label, and wine from grapes purchased from growers that the family has worked with for more than 30 years under the “Casa Vinicola Bruna Giacosa” label. In the vineyards, yields are kept intentionally low (less than 2.5 tons per acre) to concentrate the flavors in the fruit. The winemaking methods employed are scrupulous and traditional without ignoring the benefits of modern techniques.

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