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Released Albis, Antinori-Matte SA's First Wine
Staff Writer – April 20, 2004

 Albis label
  Haras Antinori
Il Logo
  Marchese Piero Antinori
Marchese Piero Antinori
  Eduardo Matte
Eduardo B. Matte
  Haras Winery
  The horseshow shaped facilities are testimony of Eduardo B. Matte's passion for horses.

Marchese Piero Antinori is the first Italian winemaker to produce wine in Chile. Antinori-Matte SA, the joint venture between Piero Antinori and Haras de Pirque in the Maipo Valley. Sunday, April 8, 2004 has in fact released Albis 2001, the first vintage to be produced by the new label.

The red wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenere, grown and harvested before the joint venture was established. The Cabernet Sauvignon though, which represents the base, comes from a very special vineyard that produced excellent grapes in 2001 .

The retail cost is expected to be in the range of US$50 per bottle. Made exclusively for export markets, the wine will be sold mostly in the United States, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and even back home, in Italy.

The 2001 vintage produced only 500 cases of wine. The company expects to increase production to around 10,000 cases in the next five to ten years. Some though, believe that Piero Antinori is in this venture for higher goals than just grape growing and wineproduction.

"So far the joint venture has been very sound," said Edoardo B. Matte, owner of Haras de Pirque. "We should remember that this is an association between two great families, the Antinori of Italy and the Matte from Chile, who have a common goal: producing a great Chilean wine as a result of the cooperation and collaboration between our company and a great Italian viticulturist," continued Matte.

"At a family level is a great experience. Finally, by applying our passion for doing things the best we can, we have obtained gratifying results. In addition, Albis is the expression of the uncompromised and total collaboration of the two families and the respective winemakers," concluded mister Matte

According to business journalist Guido Castellano, of the Italian weekly magazine Panorama, Antinori is a smart businessman. "He’s here to do business," he concludes.

"We are looking to see if there is an area to produce great Sauvignon Blanc," said Renzo Cotarella, Antinori’s general manager.

According to market analysts however, the foreseeable expansion of Antinori’s interests in Chile will go through investment onto the Chilean partner.

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