PURCHASE, N.Y., Sept. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kobrand Corporation, a leading wine and spirits importer with a distinguished portfolio of hand-selected brands from around the world, is proud to announce the addition of the renowned Villa Matilde to its iconic Italian wine portfolio. Effective immediately, Kobrand is the exclusive U.S. Importer for the Villa Matilde portfolio and is responsible for all sales and marketing activities in the United States.

Villa Matilde is known for producing premium quality classic Campania wines. Founded in 1961 by Francesco Avallone, the estate is recognized as a pioneer in the region for having revived the ancient Falerno grapes, wiped out by phylloxera in the late 1800s. Avallone’s team developed 20 original, premium clones of Falanghina, Aglianico and Piedirosso in 1965, and Villa Matilde’s first official vintage was released in 1976. Over its 57-year history, the winery has committed to producing quality wines while having a low impact on the environment. Today, the estate produces zero greenhouse gas emissions and is 100 percent estate grown and bottled. The result is a portfolio of wines that is internationally recognized for outstanding quality.

"As a family-owned company, Kobrand strives to partner with other high-performing family-owned businesses who share our commitment to building quality brands for the long-term,” said Robert T. DeRoose, Kobrand Corporation’s President and CEO. “We know the Avallone family and their portfolio will have great success in the U.S. as we move forward. It is an honor to add Villa Matilde to our collection of iconic Italian wines and I look forward to a long, thriving partnership together.”

Salvatore Avallone and Maria Ida Avallone, Villa Matilde Owners and Managing Directors, also shared their excitement for the partnership stating, “We are thrilled to join forces with Kobrand Wine & Spirits. Our two companies have similar values and our wines have found the right home within Kobrand’s fine wine portfolio. Our dedicated teams, working hand in hand, will enable us to reach our full potential in the U.S.”

Villa Matilde has two production facilities, one in the Falerno appellation and the other in the prestigious Irpinia DOCG of Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, and Greco di Tufo. The winery also has four estate vineyards: Parco Nuovo and San Castrese in Caserta, Rocca dei Leoni in Benevento, and Altavilla in the Province of Avellino. The Villa Matilde portfolio consists of Villa Matilde Taurasi (SRP $48.99), Villa Matilde Fiano di Avellino (SRP $17.99), Villa Matilde Greco di Tufo (SRP $17.99), Villa Matilde Falerno Bianco (SRP $24.99), Villa Matilde Falerno Rosso (SRP $27.99), Villa Matilde Falanghina (SRP $14.99), Villa Matilde Aglianico (SRP $14.99).

Kobrand is the exclusive U.S. Sales and Marketing company for all wines from the Villa Matilde portfolio and is responsible for all U.S. sales and marketing activities.

For more information about Villa Matilde please visit VillaMatilde.it/en.

About Kobrand Corporation
Kobrand Corporation was founded in 1944 and to this day remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirits companies. Kobrand's portfolio of wine and spirits was meticulously selected according to a single, unerring principle: quality. This continued focus has made the Kobrand name synonymous with wines and spirits of the highest caliber for almost 75 years.

Kobrand is the exclusive agent for an outstanding selection of fine wines. Including from America/California: Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove, St. Francis, Domaine Carneros and Foley; from Washington State: Mullan Road; from Oregon: Resonance; from France: Champagne Taittinger, Maison Louis Jadot, Chậteau des Jacques, Domaine Ferret, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Chậteau la Nerthe, Chậteau d’Aquẻria, Bouvet, Michel Redde and Maison Saleya; from Italy: Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), Tenuta Biserno, Tenuta Sette Ponti, Tenute Silvio Nardi, Tenuta La Fuga, Tenute del Cabreo, Tenuta di Nozzole, Tenuta Campo al Mare, Tenuta TorCalvano, Spalletti, Masi Agricola, Michele Chiarlo, Medici Ermete, Tenuta di Salviano, Agricola Punica, Feudo Maccari, Pighin, Bollini and Caposaldo; from Spain: Bodega Don Olegario and Poema Cava; from Argentina: Alta Vista and Barda by Bodega Chacra; from Chile: Altamana; from New Zealand: Craggy Range Winery and Infamous Goose; from Portugal: Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft; and finally our Global brand: The Seeker. As well as the prestigious spirits of Alize and Tia Maria as well as the Craft Spirits portfolio of, from France: Delamain Cognac, Larressingle Armagnac, Belle de Brillet and L’Héritier-Guyot; from Italy: Lucano, Sassicaia and Michele Chiarlo Grappas. And finally, the prestigious Joto Sake portfolio from Japan.

About Villa Matilde
Villa Matilde was established by Francesco Avallone in 1961 and since founded, has been actively involved in the development and restoration of native varietals in Campania, Italy. The result of over a decade of research, led by Francesco Paolo himself, has resulted in new premier clones of Aglianico, Piedirosso and Falanghina, 20 of which are trademarked by Villa Matilde. The main estate vineyard located near Mount Massico and the volcano of Roccamonfina in northwestern Campania is densely planted using the Gouyot training system. Other estate vineyards are located in the Benevento and Avellino provinces. They are managed using organic methods with minimal outside intervention. Winemaking at Villa Matilde follows modern methods and is supported by Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy’s most accomplished consulting winemakers. Today, the winery is run by Francesco Avallone's children Maria Ida and Salvatore Avallone and continues to expand.

Media Contact:
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