Vias Imports Announces the Inclusion of Five Italian Wineries to Portfolio in 2019

New Italian Wines Being Offered Include First-Ever Bottled Rosé in Italy/First Rosé to be Sold in US

New York, NY, January 10, 2019 --( Vias Imports Ltd. has announced that, as of January 1, 2019, five new Italian wineries will be added to its portfolio. Vias represents the most comprehensive portfolio of Italian wines, importing and distributing some of the best Italian indigenous varietals to the United States.

“We are thrilled and proud to announce the introduction of five new Italian wineries to our portfolio – all available effective January 1, 2019,” said Luca Bigerna, President of Vias Imports Ltd. “These new additions perfectly suit the VIAS philosophy of expressing the history, sense of place, and devotion to craft of all our producers through the art of wine. These five wineries embody the distinct terroir and character of each wine region they pertain to, offering us the opportunity to sharpen our offerings with access to a richer array of Italian indigenous varietals.”

The Wineries:
Leone de Castris | Salice Salentino, Puglia
Salice Salentino is a small village in Salento, rich in vineyards and olive trees, and the landscape giving life to Leone de Castris’ wine tradition. It is exactly here, on the very spot where today’s cellar stands, that in 1665 Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos, began the company. He was enchanted by this landscape and decided to sell all his property in Spain in order to draw the best from the rich Salentine terroir. 1943 marked the birth of Five Roses and the improvement of the bottling line that made Leone de Castris rosé the first ever bottled rosé in Italy and first rosé to be sold in the US. The name “Five Roses” derives from a crest belonging to the family, so called because for several generations, each de Castris had 5 children.

La Ganghija | Barbaresco, Piedmont
The history of this family-run winery stretches back several generations of the Rapalino family, but it was not until quite recently that La Ganghija evolved into its present form - making wine from its own grapes rather than selling them. This idea came to the young oenologist Enzo Rapalino while working in the vineyards and studying at La Scuola Enologica di Alba where he learned the techniques of winemaking and the importance of utilizing the right ingredients to create high quality wines. La Ganghija, (Piemontese for “vine tendril,” symbolizing something small but powerful), was created in 2004 out of Enzo’s passion and love for wine. To him it was the best way to showcase the territory where he grew up: Treiso in Piemonte. Treiso is a land of great wines and scenic beauty, and an important constituent of the famous Barbaresco DOCG wine area.

Garesio | Barolo, Piedmont
Over the years, the passion that binds the Garesio family to wine transformed into constant, painstaking research of the most favorable places for vine cultivation, growing indigenous grape varieties and opting for farming practices that respect the environment and the people working the land. Since 2010, the family has acquired approximately 64 hectares of land, 21 of which are under vine, divided among Serralunga d’Alba, the heart of Barolo, Perletto in Alta Langa, Incisa Scapaccino and Castelnuovo Calcea in Monferrato. Garesio manages the vineyards according to a rational, non-invasive philosophy – the least possible intervention, only when necessary, and applied row by row, plant by plant if needed. Each plot of land within the property has its own identity card and its own development, which is encouraged without excessive interference or manipulation.

Davide Fregonese | Barolo, Piedmont
After 25 years of different experiences around the world, Davide Fregonese rediscovered a deep sense of belonging to his homeland, along with a strong call from his roots in Piedmont. In the Langhe area, among vineyard masters, eno-gastronomic excellences and ancient wine traditions, his dream has begun to shape up: his wine dream. Thanks to the friendship and the extraordinary skills of Luigi Vico and Davide Rosso, owner of Giovanni Rosso winery, he has been producing wines in Serralunga d’Alba since 2014. Langhe is the land of the highest expression of the Nebbiolo wine grape, which gives the grapes all the historical and natural heritage of these UNESCO sites.

Giovanni Rosso | Etna, Sicily
This project was officially born in May 2016 with the purchase of the Etna estate near the village of Solicchiata of Castiglione di Sicilia by Davide Rosso. The farm rises a few kilometers before Passopisciaro down to Montedolce, a small inactive crater that gives the name to the Contrada. The winery is located on the northeast side of the volcano, a perfectly suited area for the production of red wines. The new holdings extend for 14 hectares in one single plot, of which 6 hectares are dedicated to viticulture: 1.2 ha for the whites and 5.5 ha for the reds (Carricante and Nerello Mascalese with small percentages of other local grape varieties, as the tradition requires). The training system has been renamed as “candelabro.” These are forty years old bush trained vines (“alberello”), directed in two main branches to allow regular rows.

About Vias Imports Ltd.
Vias Imports Ltd., established in 1983, is an importer, distributor, and above all a company dedicated to expressing the history, sense of place, and devotion to craft of all its producers through the art of wine. Vias represents the most comprehensive portfolio of Italian wines in the United States.
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