Tuscan winery Cecchi is to focus US distribution on six key brands after switching importer.

The Chianti producer, which announced a new partnership with Terlato Wines yesterday, will roll out a range of wines across the US. However, six are to take precedence as they are “key expressions of Cecchi's Tuscan heritage”, Terlato said. 

Cecchi's wines have been available in the US for 25 years and were previously imported by New York-based distributor Banfi. 

No financial details of the Terlato agreement have been disclosed.

The six brands comprise: 

  • Chianti Classico DOCG
  • Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia DOCG
  • Coevo IGT Toscana
  • La Mora Vermentino DOC Maremma Toscana
  • La Mora Morellino di Scansano DOCG and
  • Sangiovese IGT Toscana.

Italian vineyard Anselmi Wines in May also agreed a distribution deal with Terlato in the US, signing up four of its brands. Terlato claims to control a 20% market share of wines priced US$20 and above in the US.