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After finalizing the acquisition of a majority stake in Botter Spa, a Venetian company among the major exporters of Italian wine in the world, held by the Botter family and the IDeA Taste of Italy fund managed by DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR Spa (we had written about it here), Clessidra Private Equity Sgr, on behalf of the Clessidra Capital Partners 3 fund, today signed an agreement for the acquisition of a majority stake in Mondodelvino, one of the main Italian wine groups (120 million euros in 2020 turnover, with export share equal to 90%) which today counts on five production plants in Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Sicily, led by the Martini family, founder of the company together with Roger Gabb and Christoph Mack in 1991. As happened for the Botter family, which has re-invested in the group and continues to hold managerial roles, the Martini family will also remain in the shareholding structure and will continue to hold operational roles of importance, together with the rest of the top management of the company, thus ensuring the management continuity of the company.
Characterized by constant growth over the course of three decades, Mondodelvino is now firmly positioned among the top twenty Italian wineries and among the top ten private ones. A development path not interrupted even last year, closed with revenues up by more than 6% and equal to 120 million euros, 90% realized abroad, mainly in the UK, Germany, Nordic countries, Canada and Russia . With MGM Srl, the main company of the group and its important estates Cuvage, Ricossa, Poderi dal Nespoli and Barone Montalto, the Mondodelvino group today represents a reference in the wine sector especially for what concerns quality, innovation and sustainability.
This investment too – reads the press release from the Clessidra fund – is part of the broader consolidation plan in the Clessidra wine sector. Mondodelvino is, in fact, a further important step in the path of creating an Italian leader in the sector, a player that, already considering the two companies in the portfolio, will become the first Italian private operator in terms of total revenues with 350 million euros achieved in the 2020. Furthermore, the two companies have a high degree of complementarity both in terms of wine denominations and in terms of geographic markets served.
“After the Botter operation, we continued to search for company profiles suitable for our project to create an Italian leader in the sector”, comments Andrea Ottaviano, CEO of Private Equity. “Mondodelvino, due to its competitive positioning, international orientation and offer of denominations and brands, has characteristics that are absolutely compatible with the strategic objective of consolidation. The decision to focus on Mondodelvino was also supported by the full sharing of our project with the Martini family and the rest of the top management ”. Francesco Colli, managing director of Clessidra, then states that “Clessidra intends to enhance the respective areas of excellence of the two companies – Mondodelvino and Botter – preserving their respective identities and at the same time ensuring coordinated management at group level. With this in mind, the new group will be led by Massimo Romani, current CEO of Botter, who will also hold the position of CEO of Mondodelvino “.
The Martini family, founder of the Mondodelvino Group, for its part, it is said “Very happy that Clessidra has decided to include Mondodelvino in its consolidation project. We are aware of the role and importance of being able to count on a partner like Clessidra to accelerate the path of growth and development, while maintaining the values ​​of the founders. We want to thank our historical partners Roger Gabb and Christoph Mack for the precious contribution made in these 30 years and all the collaborators who have contributed to the success of the company. We are confident that Clessidra and his team will support us in this new path, in line with what is already happening with Botter ”.
The Botter family also commented positively on the operation: “We are very happy that the Martini family and Mondodelvino have decided to be part of the project started with us by Clessidra. The new group, in which we have invested, will represent a reference player for the entire Italian wine sector, relying on two companies with a strong competitive position in the main international markets and with a significant strategic complementarity “.

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