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Opici Wines is an importer and producer with of fine wines, artisanal spirits, and craft beers from around the globe. The portfolio consists of more than 50 brands offering wines for every palate and budget, each of which represents a great value to the consumer.

 

Founded in 1913 and re-established upon the repeal of Prohibition in 1934, it was not until 2010 that Opici Wines began a major transformation. With long-standing, market-leading Italian brands like Cesari and Carpineto as the foundation, Opici Wines sought cutting-edge producers from Chile (De Martino), Argentina (Ruca Malen), Spain (Vivanco) and France (Notre Dame de Cousignac).

 

Opici Wines also launched several proprietary brands, such as Auspicion and Julia James from California and LaLuca from Italy, adding to our production portfolio which includes classic selections under the Opici label, such as Homemade Barberone, Burgundy, and Chianti.

 

From its inception, Opici has been family-owned and -operated.  Although the fourth-generation is now at the helm, “American Wine Legend” Hubert Opici remains actively involved.

 

Opici Wines was named “Importer of the Year” in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in their annual Wine Star Awards.

 

ARGENTINA, MENDOZA, TUPUNGATO, UCO VALLEY

BODEGA RUCA MALEN

Ruca Malen believes that the wines are made in the vineyards; they devote themselves to understanding the terroir. The profound knowledge of the diverse microterroirs along the Andes Mountain Range is evident in every sip. Ruca Malen’s vineyard holdings span the Uco Valley, Tupungato, and Lujan de Cuyo, with the vast majority in the Uco Valley.  Planted in 1996 along the base of the Andes in sandy loam, rocky, porous soil, at an altitude of 3,281 feet above sea level, the unique microclimate can be characterized as Mediterranean, where warm sunny days are balanced by cool breezy nights that allow the grapes to mature steadily.

 

Ruca Malen Brut NV

Cabernet Sauvignon Classic 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2014

 Kinien Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

 Kinien Malbec 2013

Kinien de Don Raul 2011

Malbec Classic 2016

Malbec Terroir 2015

Malbec Reserva 2014

Petit Verdot Terroir 2015

Red Blend Ckassic 2017

Yauquén Bonarda 2015

Yauquén Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Yauquén Malbec 2015

 

Accolades

Kinien Malbec 2012 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Petite Verdot 2013, 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Yauquén Malbec Shelf talker

 

FRANCE, BURGUNDY

DOMAIN ROUX PERE & FILS

Domaine Roux Pere & Fils was founded in 1885 with a mere 10 acres in the village of Saint-Aubin in the heart of Burgundy, France. Under the leadership of the 3rd and 4th generation, Marcel Roux and his son Christian, the family’s proprietary vineyard holdings have expanded to include more than 175 acres located throughout the Côte d’Or, most extensively in the sub-region of Côte de Beaune. Today, Domaine Roux is one of the top 10 largest landholders in the region, wholly owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generation.

 

 Chassagne Montrachet 2014

Chardonnay 2015

Pinot Noir 2016

Pommard 2014

 

FRANCE, LOIRE

DOMAINE FOUASSIER

Established in 1749 in the heart of Sancerre, Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley with a history that spans several generations. For centuries they have dedicated themselves to preserving and capturing the terroir and the noble Sauvignon grape varietal through an extensive range of appellation wines.

 

The Fouassier family’s rich winemaking history included Jules Fouassier, a very influential grape grower during the Phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th century. He was the first to utilize copper and sulphur on vines to combat disease, and also single-handedly planted the famous Clos Paradis vineyard in 1902. Jules eldest son, Gustave, won fame by participating in and winning a wine competition in Paris during the summer of 1923. At that time, the rest of France was unfamiliar with the wines of Sancerre, so this victory proved invaluable for showcasing the potential of the region. The newer parts of the winery were built in 1972 when the old cellars – dating back to the 16th century – became too small to accommodate expanding estate holdings. That same year, the Domaine changed their philosophy concerning the vinification process, as they strived to combine the best traditional practices with more modern techniques

 

Sancerre 2016

 

 

FRANCE, PROVENCE

ÂME DU VIN

Âme du Vin, translated as "Soul of Wine" is inspired by L'Ame du Vin, a poem by Charles Baudelaire in 1857 that highlights the moments of conviviality that come from sharing wine with friends, family and loved ones. Visit the website.

 

Provence Rosé 2017

 

 

FRANCE, PROVENCE

CHATEAU BEAULIEU

 

 

 

 

Aptly named “beautiful place,” the sprawling 750-acre Château Beaulieu estate is located just outside the village of Rognes in the heart of the southeastern region of Provence, France. It is the most expansize estate in the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation with 450 acres of centuries old vines interspersed with stately oak, almond, and truffle trees. The vineyards are planted along the slopes of the dormant La Trévaresse volcano. The expansive estate benefits from a moderate Mediterranean climate and plays host to a diverse range of mineral-rich soils (calcareous clay and volcanic basalt) which contribute to the wine’s complexity.

 

Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé AOC 2017

 

 

 

ITALY, ABRUZZO

COLIMORO

Selections include fresh, easy-drinking, approachable wines intended for every day consumption: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Pinot Grigio. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes are sourced from the hillsides of Abruzzo, located east of Rome. The distinct microclimate between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, characterized by moderate temperatures and low humidity, provides excellent growing conditions for this varietal. The Pinot Grigio is produced in the northeastern Italian region of Alto Adige – the premier location for the cultivation of this varietal.

 

 Montepulciano d Abruzzo 2015

 

 

 

ITALY, CAMPANIA

VINOSIA

Here since 1887, a simple farming family has pursued its utopia: a winery that produces unsurpassed traditional wines from the region with minimal impact on the environment. While using the latest technologies and advances to create consistently beautiful wines, Vinosia still looks to the history of the region to maintain the integrity of the region and the wines that come from it.

Aglianico "Neromora" Irpinia DOC 2015

Falanghina Beneventana IGT 2017

Fiano di Avellino “Le Grade” DOCG 2017

Greco di Tufo “l’Ariella” DOCG 2017

Taurasi “Santandrea” DOCG 2013

 

 

 

 

ITALY, EMILIA-ROMAGNA

ALVERDI

Alverdi is a tribute to Italy’s diverse winegrowing regions that offer unique expressions of well-known grape varietals. These approachable styles were designed to suit any and all occasions. The wines embody the esteemed traditions of Italian winemaking and those of Opici Wines’ standards of producing high quality wines at an excellent value. Visit the website.

 

Pinot Grigio 2016

Pinot Grigio 2017

Sangiovese 2016

Sangiovese 2017

 

Based in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, Donelli has been producing wines of mass appeal since 1915 when Adolfo Donelli transitioned from bottling wine in his home cellar to launching a full-scale winery. From the start, Donelli has dedicated itself to the production of Lambrusco, a sparkling red that is as unique as the region where it was born. The Giacobazzi family took control of the winery in the mid-90s and is proud to carry on the respected traditions of Donelli.

 

 Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile NV

 

 

ITALY, FRUILI-VENEZIA-GIULIA

DUE TORRI

DueTorri is a collection of native and international varietal wines produced by Cesari, the famed Valipolicella producer. These fruit-forward wines are varietally accurate expressions of Italy’s diverse terroir. Fruit is sourced from a stable of Cesari’s long-term family of growers from the finest hillside vineyards in the northern regions of Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino-Alto Adige.

 

Pinot Grigio 2016

Pinot Grigio 2017

 

ITALY, MARCHES

OPICI

For 75 years, the Opici name on a label has stood for value and quality. The Opicis have always sought a quality level comparable to the brand leaders, but at a more reasonable price. Today, the tradition of offering affordable, everyday wines continues. You will find the Opici name on many popular Italian wines.

 

Marsala Fine Ambra Dry

 Marsala Fine Ambra Sweet

 

 

ITALY, PIEDMONT

VIBERTI

One hundred years after the creation of the Viberti winery, the family’s connection to their beloved land of Barolo and its fine red wines remains unbroken as the 3rd generation of the Viberti family, GianLuca and Claudio, joined their father at the winery after completing their studies at the prestigious Scuola Enologica in nearby Alba.  Today, under the direction of Claudio Viberti, the winery produces varietally accurate, elegantly-structured wines with fresh fruit aromas, bold tannins, and vibrant acidity that are approachable upon are approachable upon release, yet reward.

 

 Buon Padre Barolo 2013

Bricco Airoli Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2013

 Bricco delle Viole Barolo Riserva 2010

 Dolcetto d'Alba Superiore 2012

La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2016

 La Volta Barolo Riserva 2007

La Volta Barolo Riserva 2011

December 2017 Wine Spectator scores

February 2018 Wine Spectator  scores

La Gamella 2015 91 points Wine Spectator

 

 

VILLA ROSA

Villa Rosa was created by the Opici family as a tribute to the late Rose Opici, a founder of the Opici Wine Group. Rose was partial to Piedmont’s indigenous grapes, particularly the white varietals, regularly enjoying a glass of Gavi with her favorite Italian fare or celebrating life with sweet bubbles from Asti.

Barolo 2012

Gavi di Gavi 2016

 Moscato d'Asti 2017

Moscato D’Asti 2017 95 points Ultimate Wine Challenge

 

ITALY, TUSCANY

CARPINETO

Carpineto was co-founded in 1967 by wine visionaries, Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo.  The pair set out to produce a world-class red wine from Chianti Classico — a region that had once reigned amongst Kings but had, at that time, fallen from favor amid wine aficionados. The duo quickly developed an international, award-winning reputation for consistently elegant wines by adopting modern viticulture and winemaking techniques to create wines that dramatically exceeded the quality standards of the time.

 

Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Chianti Classico 2016

Chianti Classico Riserva  2013

Dogajolo Bianco 2017

Dogajolo Rosso 2016

Dogajolo Rosato 2017

 Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2012

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013

 

Accolades

Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2012, 91 points, Wine Spectator

Carpineto Chianti Classico 2015, 90 points, Wine Spectator

Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2012 , 93 points, Wine Spectator

ITALY, VENETO

LALUCA

The Veneto region of northeastern Italy is acclaimed for the production of high-quality Prosecco. LaLuca embraces this tradition with a combination of quality and affordability, produced in the highly regarded sub-region of Treviso where many of the best values in Prosecco originate. Grapes are sourced from over 250 acres of vines belonging to some of the oldest and most respected growers across the entire region. These hillside vineyards are situated at an altitude of 1,312 feet above sea level and enjoy southeastern exposures to maximize sunlight.

 

Prosecco NV

Sparkling Rosé NV

 

SPAIN

OPICI SANGRIA

Using a traditional, long-standing recipe, in accordance with Spanish legislation, Opici Sangria is made from wine produced in La Mancha, the country’s oldest winemaking region, and citrus fruit extract produced in Valencia, home of the world’s best citrus fruit. Water, sugar, and a hint of spice are added to the final blend for a refreshingly fruity libation that will jump-start any festivity!

 

Sangria

White Sangria

 

 

SPAIN, PENEDES

ALBET Y NOYA

Joan Albet came to Can Vendrell in 1903 following the Phylloxera plague that devastated Europe to oversee the replanting of the vineyards in the Ordal mountain range of Penedes in northeastern Spain. In 1972, Josep Maria, 4th generation of the Albet family, began to introduce organic farming methods after officially acquiring the property his ancestors so lovingly cared for over the years.  The winery released their first organic wine in 1979 and its overwhelming success led Albet i Noya to completely transition the winery.

 

Tempranillo 2016

 

DESTELLO

Destello, meaning sparkle, is a proprietary Opici Wines label that hails from the acclaimed Cava-producing region of Penedes in the Northeast corner of Spain. It is hand-crafted by a small, family-owned winery that has been producing traditional regional sparkling wines since 1880. Destello Cava upholds the Opici family’s standard for quality and value with a consumer-friendly flavor profile and an attractive price.

 

 Cava Brut Reserva NV

Cava Brut Reserva Rosé NV

 

SPAIN, RIOJA

LA MALDITA

In Rioja, the Garnacha grape variety is known to many local vine growers as “La Maldita,” meaning “cursed.” Low yields and a thin, sensitive skin make this varietal an extremely difficult grape to cultivate. As a result, Garnacha fell out of favor of many farmers, with the majority choosing to replace their plantings with less temperamental varieties.  Once representing roughly half of the entire region under vine, today it accounts for less than 10% of all vineyard plantings in Rioja.

 

Produced by one of the oldest winemaking families in Rioja. The entire process, from vineyard to bottle, is overseen by an expert winemaker with global acclaim for his handling of the Garnacha grapes. La Maldita hopes to inspire a resurgence of the Garnacha varietal in the Rioja region of showcasing that world-class Garnacha can still be produced there.

 

Garnacha 2016

Garnacha 2017

 

 

VIVANCO

Vivanco is dedicated to producing wines using only native grapes vinified using traditional techniques. Through extensive research and experimentation, fourth generation Rafael Vivanco has revived nearly extinct varietals and traditional wines that accurately reflect La Rioja’s history of winemaking.

Collection 4 Varietals 2010

Crianza 2014          90 points Wine Spectator

Rioja Reserva 2011

Rioja White 2017

Rioja Rosé 2016

 

USA, CALIFORNIA

AUSPICION

Fresh and fruit-forward selections are produced using grapes sourced from the finest vineyards across central and northern California. Auspicion features two popular varietals that are sure to delight every consumer palate. Brought to you by the Opici family, this collection embodies their tradition of delivering top quality wines at an excellent value.

 

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Chardonnay 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Mystic Red 2016

 

JULIA JAMES

Julia James is a tribute to the future. Named for the fifth generation of the Opici family, this wine is bursting with red fruit and a hint of spice. The perfect pour to celebrate family, love, and tradition. With grapes sourced from some of Northern California’s most prestigious regions, Julia James has a modern look and offers real value that consumer’s love.

 

Chardonnay 2016

Pinot Noir 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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