In 2014, Santa Margherita Wine Group reported a turnover of €110.1m, an increase of 7.8 per cent year on year.
The number of bottles sold rose by 7.2 per cent, from 17.3 to 18.5m. These results were driven by exports as well as by the domestic market (up by 9 per cent and 5.3 per cent respectively).
Exports rose to 62.3 per cent of total turnover, highlighting the group’s focus on international sales, with its products being sold in over 80 countries.
All the estates that make up the Santa Margherita Wine Group showed positive growth, with noteworthy performances from Kettmeir in Trentino-Alto Adige, whose sales soared by 24 per cent, and “Lamole di Lamole” in Tuscany, which saw an equally significant increase in turnover (up 23 per cent).
“These figures, which mark the group’s 80th anniversary, are the result of careful, consistent investments over the last decade, investments which have been reinforced in the last five years,” says the group’s chairman, Gaetano Marzotto. “This policy drives innovation, stimulates the agricultural component of our business, optimises our technological infrastructure and empowers our internal resources.
This trend is set to continue over the next two years. Between January 2014 and December 2015, the Santa Margherita group will invest over €30m, including €11m in agriculture, a further €11m in its wineries, and €3.5m in hospitality structures at the Alto Adige and Chianti Classico establishments as well as at the headquarters in Fossalta di Portogruaro, which will become even better equipped to welcome wine lovers. The group’s investments since 2008 – all of them in Italy – total over €65m.
“2015 will present further challenges” says CEO Ettore Nicoletto. “The group has set itself great challenges, at both company level and international level. The new Greti winery in Chianti opens this year, reinforcing our presence in Tuscany, which is currently represented by Lamole di Lamole, Vistarenni and Sassoregale, three rapidly growing brands of which we are very proud”.
One of the most successful wines of Santa Margherita is Pinot Grigio.
This white wine was released for the first time in 1961 and the Pinot Grigio Santa Margherita still plays a crucial role in the wine industry. This is especially true for the Pinot Grigio Alto Adige “Impronta del Fondatore”, a wine which held its own very well after last year’s difficult seasonal ups and downs.
Pinot Grigio Metodo Classico Brut Alto Adige is the first and only Pinot Grigio to go through a second fermentation in the bottle. The base wine is obtained from grapes harvested from vineyards high up in the hills. This sparkling wine is able to combine elegance and complexity, immediate pleasure and a deep sensory experience.
Santa Margherita Wine Group Keeps On Investing, speed read:
– Santa Margherita Wine Group reported a turnover of €110.1m, an increase of 7.8 per cent year on year
– Exports rose to 62.3 per cent of total turnover
– Between January 2014 and December 2015, the Santa Margherita group will invest over €30m
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