Three Italian wineries will merge to create a cooperative called Vitevis, a new winery with 2,200 hectares of vineyards cultivated by a workforce of 1,500 people. The estimated yearly turnover of the new winery will be about €34m with a yearly production of about 10 million bottles.
Officially, the merger will take place on July 1, 2015 and the three wineries involved are: Cantina Colli Vicentini (founded in 1955), Cantina di Gambellara (1947) and Cantina Val Leogra (1961). It is thought that the merger will strengthen the position of the wineries on the international market, optimising the costs and investments of the three companies involved.
Therefore, the newly created cooperative will act as a channel making the DOC territory wines (Berici, Gambellara, Lessini Durello, Prosecco, Soave and Vicenza) available on the international market. At the same time, each winery will maintain its own characteristics, for instance, Cantina Val Leogra will continue to exclusively specialise in the production of organic wine.
Among some of the wines sold on the international market under the Vitevis umbrella
there are: “Terre dei Vescovi” Prosecco Dod extra dry, “Le Macine” a Metodo Classico sparkling wine made from chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes (Cantina Colli Vicentini) and “Togo” Gambellara Classico Doc.
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