Legendary Consultant Stefano Chioccioli Starts Own Winery

AltaDonna Imported by Opici Wines and Available Nationally for Under $12

GLEN ROCK, N.J., April 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One of the most celebrated winemaking consultants in Italy, Stefano Chioccioli, is finally making his own wine.

Encouraged and inspired by his wife Anna, Chioccioli put his 25+ years of experience to create the AltaDonna winery – the name a tribute to Anna.

Titled as both an agronomist and enologist, Chioccioli has made wine in nearly every region of Italy, for estates such as Ruffino, Tua Rita, Livio Felluga, F.illi Barba, Villa Cafaggio – to name a few. As a consultant, his wines have achieved more 90-point scores than any other Italian winemaker.

"Stefano is a living legend," says Don Opici, Managing Director of Opici Wines, the exclusive US importer of AltaDonna. "We are thrilled to add his wines to our Italian portfolio."

After making so many great wines for others, it was time for Stefano to make wines for himself and his family. He is leveraging his extensive contacts and knowledge of all the top vineyards throughout Italy to source grapes, and is assisting his 24-year-old son Niccoló -- also an enologist -- with the winemaking.

The first releases from AltaDonna include Grillo and Nero d'Avola from Sicily; Pinot Grigio from Friuli-Venezia-Giulia; Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) from Lombardy; and Vermentino and Sangiovese from Tuscany. Each wine type is adorned with a different brightly colored label, which includes a cut-out cameo/silhouette of Anna and designed after a classic postage stamp used in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s.

All AltaDonna wines are imported by Opici Wines and distributed throughout the USA. Suggested retail price for each type is an easily affordable $11.99.

Contact Information

For more information contact Joe Janish, Marketing Communications Manager for Opici Wines, at joe@opiciwines.com or 201.689.3256.

You can also find information at the Opici Wines website: http://opiciwines.com.

About Opici Wines

Opici Wines is a sales and marketing wine company with a portfolio of 50 brands from the United States, Italy, Spain, France, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. The brands are currently in distribution across the United States in 45 states. Opici Wines is a subsidiary of the Opici Wine Group, a premier supplier and distributor of wines and spirits established in 1934. There are four distribution companies under the Opici Wine Group umbrella, located in NY, NJ, CT, and Florida called the Opici Wine Company. From its inception, the Opici Wine Group has remained family owned and operated. The company chairman is Hubert Opici, an icon in the wine industry. Headquarters are located at 25 DeBoer Drive, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. Website is http://opiciwines.com.

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