Anthony ”Tony” Terlato Death | Passed Away | Obituary
Anthony Terlato Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Anthony Terlato.
Anthony Terlato was an Italian-American wine executive, who was also a retailer, distributor, importer, winery owner, and founder and chairman of the Terlato Wine Group. He had a major distribution company in Chicago. He passed away on June 29 at the age of 86.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
A sad day today for many, a dear friend and a early mentor of mine, Tony Terlato passed this am, in the words of his sons: “Dad enjoyed his time and friendship with you and always came away energized by being with you. He touched so many in such a unique way, family and friends. We were deeply blessed, could never get enough of him and we will carry with us and forward his love, gentility and values. Unique man – unique life”…… I’m chocked up as I’m typing this, not many of you know that me and Tony go back almost 13 years….. He actually believed in me long way before all of you came to know who I even was, Tony and I meet on a Private Plane that he picked me up with the day after the first episode of Top Chef Season 5 aired…… His family Company, Terlato Wine, was the sponsor for my season of Top Chef and the I had won a trip to Napa and a day spent with him, little I know the one day would be turning into a beautiful friendship and my very first big business relationships in United States, after that night and for 4 years to follow i would become the face for Santa Margherita Wines, Fun fact is that Tony Terlato single-handed built the love for Pinot Grigio in America. That night for dinner we had some of the most incredible wines that Napa has to offer. Another small note I met my wife Ashley at an event i was hosting for Tony in Chicago. During the first dinner we had together when I asked Tony if it was hard to be a winemaker he replied “Im not a Winemaker I’m a Wine Merchant, I will always hire the best people to make my wines because we have to make excellent Wines, at a profit if we can or at loss if we must but excellent Wines indeed”……. He always believe the consistent quality will take you farther than any shortcut anyone could ever sell you on, and he was right. Tonight I’m raising a bottle to you my friend, to your beautiful family and the legacy that you left behind, your sons, your grandkids and their children, god bless and Rest In Peace. Heaven Wine List just got super charge today
Over the weekend, we lost a friend and one of the true giants in the wine industry in the United States, with the passing of Anthony Terlato. We have known Tony for a number of years, along with many in his family. Barbara and I were blessed to call Tony a friend. It was Tony, along with his son, Bill, who guided us into the wine business a decade ago. As a family, the Terlatos are great people and great friends to so many in the winemaking business. It is safe to say it started at the top with Tony. He was a good man. Tony had 86 great years. We were comforted to hear that just before he passed, Tony was surrounded by four generations of his loving family. We send sincere condolences to Jo, his wife of 65 years, and the entire Terlato family. Terlato Wines
Our company and our industry lost a legend today. Thank you Anthony Terlato for helping to shape what is an amazing industry that so many around the world can enjoy. RIP Mr Terlato
We recently lost a friend and one of the true giants in the U.S. wine industry with the passing of Anthony Terlato. Barbara and I were blessed to call Tony a friend. It was Tony, along with his son, Bill, who guided us into the wine business a decade ago
We recently lost a friend and one of the true giants in the U.S. wine industry with the passing of Anthony Terlato. Barbara and I were blessed to call Tony a friend. It was Tony, along with his son, Bill, who guided us into the wine business a decade ago. pic.twitter.com/AjHMJURvU8
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) June 29, 2020
RIP Tony Anthony J. Terlato a very significant figure in the American Wine industry, in fact a legend. He was one of the most important wine importers and had a major distribution company in Chicago. He was very kind to me when I was beginning to sell wine in the USA back in the 1980s. I last saw him in San Francisco in January, pictured here at the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards. My thoughts are with his family and his sons who now run his business empire.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.