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News Release: PIPER-HEIDSIECK and Terlato Wines Announce Long-term Partnership

LAKE BLUFF, Ill. and REIMS, France, May 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — PIPER-HEIDSIECK, one of the top Champagne labels in the world, and Terlato Wines, one of the top luxury wine companies in the world, today announced a long-term agreement for Terlato to import the Champagnes of the iconic House of PIPER-HEIDSIECK. This partnership deepens Terlato Wines’ sparkling wine offerings with one of the most famous and awarded Champagnes in the world.

“We are very pleased about our partnership with PIPER-HEIDSIECK,” said William A. Terlato, CEO of Terlato Wines. “We both share an intense drive for quality and believe that there is potential for major brand growth in the U.S. Champagne is one of the greatest pleasures, and PIPER-HEIDSIECK offers a Champagne wine for every moment.”

“Founded 230 years ago by Florens-Louis Heidsieck, PIPER-HEIDSIECK is one of the oldest Champagne houses in the world. “We are extremely pleased to enter in this long-term relationship with the Terlato family,” said Cecile Bonnefond, CEO of Champagne PIPER-HEIDSIECK. “The U.S. is our #1 priority market and we are very confident in the major growth opportunities for PIPER-HEIDSIECK. Terlato’s reputation as the top luxury wine importer in the U.S. makes them the best long-term partner for us. Their standards of excellence match our own and we both share the ambition to make PIPER-HEIDSIECK the most successful Champagne in America

Terlato will import and promote the full range of PIPER-HEIDSIECK Champagnes, including the Rare Millesime 2002, which earned 97 points from Wine Spectator (as did the 1998 vintage), as well as Vintage Brut 2006 (93 points from Wine Spectator), the flagship Cuvee Brut NV (92 points from Wine Spectator) and Rose Sauvage (92 points from Wine Spectator).

Regis Camus, PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cellarmaster, has received the prestigious International Wine Challenge title of “Best Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” eight times over the last 10 years. He is known worldwide for the fruit-forward and well-structured style that marks each Champagne from the House of PIPER-HEIDSIECK.

Most recently PIPER-HEIDSIECK became the Exclusive Champagne of The Oscars® with a partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the 87th Academy Awards in February, PIPER-HEIDSIECK was poured for nominees and winners at multiple events. Its prestige cuvee, Rare 2002, was served at the famed Governors Ball, and PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut NV was served during the pre-show cocktail party.

The Oscars affiliation complements a 22-year partnership between PIPER-HEIDSIECK and the Cannes International Film Festival, each celebrating the achievements of talented filmmakers, producers, directors and artists from all over the globe. From the early 1930s, the house has long supported the grand cinema with boldness and grandeur. In order to support the enrichment and preservation of film heritage, PIPER-HEIDSIECK also works with the French Cinematheque and the American Cinematheque.

Prior to its acquisition by the EPI Group in 2011, PIPER-HEIDSIECK was part of Groupe Remy Cointreau from 1988 to 2011. EPI is thankful to their US subsidiary team for its contribution in building PIPER-HEIDSIECK to its current position as one of the most successful champagne brands in the USA.

About Terlato Wines

Terlato Wines has a global portfolio of more than 70 brands from world class wine producers in more than a dozen countries and controls a 20 percent market share of wines $20 and up in the U.S. Terlato Wines garners more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world and is a division of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company comprising several small businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family for four generations, the Group also includes the family’s winery investments and partnerships in some of the world’s most esteemed wine regions including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County; Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; the Rhone Valley in France; Friuli, Italy and; Montalcino, Italy.

(May 1, 2015)

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