Santa Margherita acquires Cantina Mesa

The Santa Margherita Wine Group has acquired a majority share in Cantina Mesa and intends to work closely with its founder, Gavino Sanna, who will remain an ‘important stakeholder’.

Cantina Mesa (Photo credit: Sadomunoa.com)

Santa Margherita, owned by the Marzotto family, acquired the Sardinian wine company this month. Cantina Mesa consists of roughly 70 hectares of vineyards located in the Sulcis-Iglesiente region of southwestern Sardinia. According to Santa Margherita, Cantina Mesa’s founder, Gavino Sanna, will remain an ‘important stakeholder and will continue to play a significant role’.

The Sardinian wine estate has an annual production of roughly 750,000 bottles and it is estimated that its turnover in 2017 will stand at around €4 million.

This follows the news of Santa Margherita’s purchase of white wine producer Cà Maiol which marks the group’s first expansion into the Lugana DOC.

Commenting on the Cantina Mesa acquisition, Gavino Sanna said: “With the entry into the company of the Marzotto family, with whom we have always been very close friends, a new period of growth is opening up for Cantina Mesa”.

“We have laid the foundations for the large-scale projection of our wines on foreign markets, thus confirming their absolute worth and bringing new investment to this Region in the heart of the Mediterranean, in support of its great vocation for agriculture and sustainability”.

Gaetano Marzotto, president of the Santa Margherita Wine Group, added: “Cantina Mesa is a treasure in our part of the Mediterranean: we had been looking for some time for an opportunity in Sardinia, an island with great winemaking potential which deserves to have investments for growth on an international scale, because of the quality and genuineness of its people, land and wines”.

“This collaboration should be seen as a sign of our Group’s desire to complete its presence in those Italian Regions that have the greatest traditions of high-quality viticulture. We are seeking out the most interesting producers with a great story to tell, so that we can project them into a much larger international dimension thanks to the fact that we have a strong presence in no less than ninety foreign markets”.

Ettore Nicoletto, CEO of the Santa Margherita Wine Group, stated: “Our Group is broadening its horizons yet further with this acquisition in Sardinia, along with the added benefit of having three grape varieties of enormous potential: Vermentino, the Mediterranean white wine par excellence, and two indigenous cultivars of indubitable quality like Carignano del Sulcis and Cannonau”.

“These are wines that are perfect for wine lovers all over the world, especially the new generations like the millennials, because they have a story, they have distinctive characteristics, and also an intimate link with their terroir: they have a uniqueness that should be promoted and protected. The Santa Margherita Wine Group will put at the disposal of Cantina Mesa all of its know-how and its sales network around the world, so as to make these excellent products better known and develop their potential to the best of our ability”.

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