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 by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is a family-owned winery with more than 7,000 global employees and is the acclaimed producer of award-winning wines and spirits featured in more than 110 countries around the globe. A pioneer in the art of grape growing, winemaking, sustainable practices, marketing and worldwide distribution, Gallo crafts and imports wines and spirits to suit a diverse range of tastes and occasions, from everyday offerings to boutique, luxury bottlings.

The Gallo portfolio is comprised of more than 100 unique brands, including Barefoot Cellars, Dark Horse, and Gallo Family Vineyards, as well as premium box wines The Naked Grape and Vin Vault. Premium offerings include Apothic, Carnivor, Chateau Souverain, Columbia Winery, Ecco Domani, Edna Valley Vineyard, J Vineyards & Winery, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Mirassou, Orin Swift, Talbott Vineyards, and William Hill Estate, along with highly acclaimed imports, such as Alamos, Brancaia, La Marca, Las Rocas, Martín Códax, Whitehaven, and LUX Wines, importers of Allegrini, Argiano, Jermann, Pieropan and Renato Ratti. Gallo Spirits currently offers New Amsterdam Vodka and Gin, Familia Camarena Tequila, RumHaven, Lo-Fi Aperitifs, E&J Brandy, Argonaut Brandy, Germain-Robin Brandy, Diplomático Rum, as well as imported Scotch whiskies from Whyte & Mackay, including The Dalmore, Jura and John Barr.

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