E. & J. Gallo Winery acquires U.S. distribution rights for Brancaia


MODESTO, Calif. – March 30, 2012 – E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it had acquired the exclusive rights to distribute Italy's Brancaia wines in the United States effective April 1, 2012.

"This is a great addition to our Luxury portfolio of fine wines," said Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President of Gallo's Premium Wine Division. He added, "The Brancaia portfolio consists of several noteworthy wines from diverse vineyards within Tuscany which we are excited to share with American consumers."

Brancaia was established in 1981, by Brigitte and Bruno Widmer. Since 1998, Barbara Widmer, daughter of the founders, has been the winery's enologist. Today, Brancaia is one of Tuscany's leading wineries and has received numerous national and international awards and accolades.

"We are very happy to partner with the Gallo Winery to sell Brancaia," said Martin Kronenberg, Brancaia's chief executive officer. He added, "We are excited to tap into their marketing expertise and best-in-class network of distributors to expand our sales in the U.S."

The Brancaia portfolio includes Brancaia Tre, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; Brancaia Chianti Classico; Brancaia Ilatraia, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petite Verdot; Brancaia Il Blu, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Gallo, the world's largest family-owned winery, imports and markets wine from Argentina, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, South Africa, France and New Zealand.

About E. & J. Gallo Winery

Founded in 1933 by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery is a family-owned company and global wine and spirits industry leader. The hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery is their lasting commitment to sustainability and quality, and consistently providing wine and spirits for every occasion. Gallo’s range of offerings includes Apothic, Barefoot Wine, Black Box, J Vineyards and Winery, La Marca Prosecco, Orin Swift, New Amsterdam Vodka, RumChata, High Noon, along with partnerships with esteemed family-owned brands such as Allegrini, Argiano, The Dalmore, Diplomatico, Don Fulano, and Grupo Montenegro.

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