This Sparkling White from the Asti DOCG Joins the Popular Rosa Regale Sparkling Red
New York, NY (May 10, 2021) – Banfi, a leading Italian wine producer and importer of its family-owned fine wines, announces the introduction of Rosa Regale Sparkling White from the Asti DOCG in Piedmont. Rosa Regale White joins the iconic Rosa Regale Sparkling Red in celebration of its 20th anniversary vintage, the first line extension since the brand’s launch.
Rosa Regale is one of the first brands in the portfolio to benefit from the family-owned company’s recent strategic changes, allowing for increased focus on its proprietary labels. After analyzing the portfolio and evaluating category opportunities and consumer trends, Rosa Regale was a clear place to start. Italian sparkling has been growing steadily for years, driven by Prosecco, and the premiumization trend in still wine has also crossed over to the sparkling category. The +$16 premium Italian sparkling segment (750mls) is +20% vs. year ago*. As a category leader in this space with over 18% of the market share, it is quite literally where Rosa Regale finds its sweet spot. (*Total Dollar Sales Total USxAOC 26 weeks ending 3/27/21)
“Rosa Regale [red] has always been a special wine for Banfi. It is incredibly unique, we like to say it is ‘love at first sip’ for anyone who tries it,” says Banfi’s third generation family proprietor and CEO Cristina Mariani-May. “As we sharpen our focus on our own brands, it makes all the sense in the world to evolve the Rosa Regale brand from a single, stand-alone wine. “
Rosa Regale Sparkling White
The new Rosa Regale Sparkling White is made from 100% Moscato Bianco sourced from the nearby Asti DOCG region in Piedmont, Italy. Rosa Regale is made in the Charmat process or Metodo Italiano. The handpicked Moscato grapes are settled and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Once the wine reaches 7% alcohol and a pressure of 5.5. bars, the wine is chilled and immediately filtered before bottling. The result is a lightly sparkling white wine with sophisticated sweetness and intense aromas of orange blossom with hints of acacia flowers and sage. Well-balanced with fresh acidity and hints of honey, this wine pairs well with everything from patios to pastries.
The Story of Rosa Regale
Rosa Regale Sparkling Red is made from Brachetto d’Acqui, in one of Italy’s smallest DOCG production zones. Legend says that Brachetto d’Acqui was a favorite beverage of Cleopatra, and both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony presented her with several wine skins filled with the precious liquid. By the time the Mariani family purchased its Piedmont estate in 1979, Brachetto d’Acqui was all but forgotten to wine lovers outside of its local area. Recognizing the beauty and crowd-pleasing nature of the varietal, Banfi created Rosa Regale Sparkling Red. The outstanding quality of this affordable sparkling wine is due to the vineyards: Banfi sources the grapes for its Sparkling Red from the La Rosa single vineyard. La Rosa is immortalized as the single rose on the Rosa Regale label.
“Rosa Regale symbolizes affordable, everyday luxury for Banfi, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring this brand to more wine lovers through the introduction of our Rosa Regale Sparkling White,” continues Mariani-May. “Rosa Regale Sparkling White offers balanced sweetness and a gorgeous floral character that makes it a must-reach-for bottle for anyone who loves delicate sparkling wines.”
Rosa Regale Red and White Sparkling are line-priced, SRP $19.99. Rosa Regale Red is available at national, regional, and local retailers. It can also be purchased online through ReserveBar.com or ordered for delivery at Drizly.com. A national roll-out for the white will start in May.
Founded 1919 in New York City, today Banfi is a premier producer in Tuscany and Piedmont and continues to be solely owned by the Mariani family, with Cristina Mariani-May as its third-generation proprietor and CEO. The portfolio’s jewel is the award-winning Castello Banfi vineyard estate in Montalcino, Tuscany. The prestigious wine portfolio, along with the Castello Banfi Il Borgo luxury hotel, restaurants, and extensive hospitality, offers the ultimate authentic Tuscan experience.