Prestige Wine Imports, the New York based subsidiary of Gruppo Mezzacorona, is thrilled to announce that they have been nominated for “Importer of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast as part of the publication’s 2023 Wine Star Awards. The annual Wine Star Awards honor changemakers and innovators in the Wine and Spirits Industry.

Prestige Wine Imports Nominated for Importer of the Year at 2023 Wine Star Awards

Established in 1985, Prestige Wine Imports has been an exclusive importer of a distinguished and diverse portfolio of authentic and sustainably farmed Italian wines from the Dolomites to Sicily. Prestige Wine Imports provides quality wine from passionate producers and is committed to carrying on the traditions of these producers, through the art of winemaking.


“We are incredibly honored to be nominated for an award as distinguished and respected as the Wine Star Awards,” said Rusty Pape, CEO, Prestige Wine Imports. “This is a true testament to our team’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to our wide network of distributors and customers.”


Prestige Wine Imports has recently expanded its portfolio of brands and products to demonstrate its commitment to keeping a pulse on ever-evolving market trends, consumer preference and strategic opportunities. Newer brands and product additions driving growth include: the Dinotte, Delisa, Domenica, and Ventessa brands from Mezzacorona; Val d’Oca Prosecco DOC and DOCG wines from Cantina Produttori Valdobbiadene; and Tenuta Rocca from Piemonte.

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Leading import brands include Mezzacorona and its more than 1,500 grower members crafting elegant, modern and crisp wines in the Italian Alps, whom Prestige has proudly represented for almost 40 years and is one of the top 10 Italian wine brands in the US, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis Ltd. Prestige also represents Stemmari, sustainably farmed wines from Sicily; Rotari Trentodoc Classic Method sparkling; Tolloy, from Alto Adige; Castello di Querceto, from the heart of Chianti Classico; and Luigi Righetti, from Valpolicella.


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