MODESTO, Calif. (July 15, 2019) – E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has again partnered with innovative winemaker Dave Phinney to become the exclusive importer for Department 66 wines in the U.S., effective immediately.

Department 66 has its home in the south of France, in the town of Maury, two hours north of Barcelona, Spain. Named after the “department” or administrative division in which the winery lies, the project began with a 40-acre vineyard purchase, and today includes more than 300 acres of vineyards among the Pyrénées-Orientales mountain range. The vineyards consist of thriving old vine Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre. With Dave’s passion for the region he began construction on his winery in 2009 to ensure he could produce the highest quality wines from this amazing collection of vineyards.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Dave Phinney, who has a history of creating bold and memorable brands,” said Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo’s Premium Wine Division. He added, “Gallo remains strongly committed to competing in the luxury wine segment, and Department 66 represents an exciting addition to our luxury portfolio.”

“Gallo is a tremendous partner and I am looking forward to expanding the availability of Department 66 wines in the U.S.,” said founder Dave Phinney. He added, “Department 66 is truly a passion project for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Gallo once again.”

Department 66 is the latest addition to a growing Gallo portfolio of premium and luxury wines from around the world. The Department 66 portfolio that Gallo will distribute includes: D66, Others, Fragile, Façade and Pharaon. The wines retail between $18 and $175.

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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