Napa, CA – Napa Valley vintners KR Rombauer III, of Rombauer Vineyards, and Erik Nickel, of Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, En Route and Bella Union, have acquired a majority interest in govino®, the original ‘go anywhere’ wine glass, and will join its original creator and founder Joseph Perrulli in partnership.
With the new partnership, govino®’s ties to the wine industry, and Napa Valley in particular, are reaffirmed. First launched in St. Helena in 2008, the polymer wine glasses with their trademark thumb-notch soon became standard at trade events, tasting rooms, festivals, and homes around the world. Today, govino®’s portfolio includes virtually shatterproof ergonomic glasses for red, white, and sparkling wines as well as decanters, beer, and whiskey glasses. Nickel and Rombauer were among the first to adopt govino®, and this venture offers up another opportunity to work closely with Perrulli.
“Erik and KR were two of my earliest supporters,” stated Perrulli, “In many respects, govino® is the brand it is today due to their influence. They both understand that govino®’s past is integral to its future. I look forward to growing the brand with them.”
“I have been a huge fan of govino® and Joseph from day one,” said Erik Nickel, “govino® is a brilliantly conceived go-anywhere vessel that blends innovative design and practicality with elegance. I am honored to join Joseph and KR as we celebrate govino®’s 10th anniversary. The future is bright!”
“govino® has been my favorite ‘on the go’ wine glass since its inception,” stated KR Rombauer III. “If I can’t have fine crystal stemware the only other alternative is govino®. To be a part of this company now is an honor and a privilege.”
govino®’s distinctive design has also garnered design awards from The International Design Society of America and Good Design from the Chicago Anthenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. That said, creator Joseph Perrulli has always prioritized function over form. “I originally created govino® as a trade tool for professionals to use when selling wine. We not only created the category, we helped solve a global need for high-functioning shatterproof glassware,” said Perrulli, “Ten years later, vintners and consumers alike still rely on govino® to showcase their wines and elevate their experience whenever and wherever fragile stemware is prohibited or simply impractical. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our ten-year anniversary than to announce this dynamic partnership with Erik and KR.”
govino® is the original and only shatterproof wineglass of its kind to be validated and accepted by the wine industry. Made in the USA and distributed globally, all govino® products are comprised of a flexible yet highly durable, BPA-free high-strength polymer, which projects the aromatics and flavor profiles of all wines, beers and spirits. It’s been the glassware of choice at noted epicurean events including Aspen Food & Wine, the Nantucket Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Outside Lands, and BottleRock, as well as featured glassware at Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island estate and the 20th anniversary of Thomas Keller’s 3-Star Michelin French Laundry. govino®s were also adopted early on by some the world’s most renowned wineries, including Dominus, Continuum, Shafer, Frog’s Leap, Chateau Montelena, and Robert Mondavi.