Piattelli Vineyards Scores Big with Wine Spectator, San Diego Wine Competition

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Piattelli Vineyards’ international exports are gaining momentum from significant awards and competitions as it ramps up production and sales volume in 2015.

Trinità, 92 points
Piattelli’s success in the competitive international wine market, as well as with consumers, demonstrates we are not only benefitting from shifting market trends, but also helping drive them.

Piattelli Vineyards has received a bevy of new awards and ratings in the past month, bolstering its position as the rising young star of Argentina wineries.

Piattelli’s super-premium red blend, 2010 Grand Reserve Trinità ($26.99), received 92 points from Wine Spectator in December. It was closely followed by 89 points for both the 2012 Premium Reserve Cabernet ($15) and 2010 Grand Reserve Malbec ($25), and 88 points for both the 2011 Premium Reserve Malbec and 2013 Premium Reserve Torrontés ($15).

The spotlight on Trinità—a three-grape blend of Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot—coincides with the rise of red blends. According to Nielsen, red blends represent the third largest wine variety in the U.S., with annual sales of $1.2 billion.

Piattelli also took two gold medals at the 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition, scoring 90 points for both 2009 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($21.99) and 2012 Premium Reserve Malbec ($16.99).

These awards help build momentum in an important year for Piattelli. The brand is increasing exports to the US market, with total sales expanding to 60,000 cases this year. On a larger scale, imported wine is gaining share in the US market, with Argentina, Italy and New Zealand driving the trend, according to Nielsen.

“Piattelli’s success in the competitive international wine market, as well as with consumers, demonstrates we are not only benefitting from shifting market trends, but also helping drive them,” said Piattelli National Sales Director Lisa Runyan.

About Piattelli Vineyards:
Piattelli Vineyards covers 477 acres in Cafayate, Salta (elev. 5,577 feet) and 121 acres in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza (elev. 3,300 feet). Overseen by Principal Winemaker Valeria Antolin, Piattelli’s wines fall between the US $10 to $30 range. Piattelli Vineyards has received many top ratings from such well-known publications as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, the Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. It is distributed in Minnesota by Vinocopia Inc and operates nationally in the United States under the Casa Vinicola Zonin USA import umbrella.

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