Lamberto Frescobaldi Appointed New President of Legendary Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Group

Plus: Chile’s top producers create traditional sparkling wines and Caymus Vineyards announces Solano winery.

Lamberto Frescobaldi (pictured, left) has been appointed new president of the 700-year old Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi winemaking group. Lamberto succeeds his uncle Ferdinando Frescobaldi, who headed the group for six years. As president of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, Lamberto will lead the following companies within the Tuscany-based group: Conti Attems, Luce della Vite, Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia, Vigneti di Nugola, Frescobaldi R&R and Consorzio Griafone e Pianamonte. Giovanni Geddes de la Filicaja will remain the CEO.

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According to Drinks Business, Chile’s global exports of sparkling wine have increased by 175% in volume and 195% in value in the last five years. Four of Chile’s most influential wine producers (Errazuriz, Cono Sur, Concha y Toro and Montes) have launched traditional-method sparkling wines on the international market. Concha y Toro’s Subercaseaux is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Limarí, while Cono Sur’s offering uses the same Casablanca Valley grapes found in its 20 Barrels Chardonnay. Winemaker Aurelio Montes’s new wine will comprise of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the coastal region of Zapallar in the Aconcagua Valley and will spend a year on the lees. Errazuriz’s sparkling wine will utilize Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Aconcagua Coast.

Chuck Wagner, owner of Napa Valley’s Caymus Vineyards, will begin construction on a 5.5 million-gallon-a-year winery and distillery in Solano to shift excess production from the company’s Napa Valley winery. The first stage of the project will be be on 57 acres south of Fairfield, with expected construction of wine production facilities to begin by next spring. In July, Wagner Family of Wine (which also owns brands Mer Soleil, Belle Glos and Conundrum) paid $1 million to settle a 2008 case brought by Napa County for exceeding permitted production capacity at Caymus’s Rutherford winery. 

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