The Tuscan winery Ornellaia is getting involved in Napa Valley and plans a joint venture with the Californian premium producer Dalle Valle Vineyards, according to international media reports. The project is called "DVO". The first wine, the 2018 (400 9 l cases), is supposed to be released in October, which is an almost 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon (plus some Cabernet Franc).
"Dalla Valle and Ornellaia’s friendship and shared passion for great terroir has propelled us on a new journey to create a unique and distinctive wine that balances the expressiveness of Napa with a decidedly Italian approach to elegance," both companies are quoted as saying in a joint statement.
Both wineries are said to have been "secretly" cooperating and producing wines together for several years already. The first vintage, 2017 (200 9 l cases), is also to be released in the future.
So far, the grapes are sourced from all over Napa Valley. As Ornellaia's managing director Axel Heinz is quoted, the “ultimate goal” was to build an estate with own vineyards.