E. & J. Gallo Winery Acquires Germain-Robin

Modesto, Calif.—E. & J. Gallo Winery announced it has purchased Germain-Robin, California’s first luxury brandy.

The acquisition includes the Germain-Robin brand, the inventory of aged and aging brandies and all finished goods. The aged inventories include brandy lots that are more than 30 years old and from a broad range of traditional Cognac and Armagnac grape varieties, as well as non-traditional wine grape varietals such as Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

“It is a privilege to be entrusted with the stewardship of Germain-Robin’s California brandy legacy,” Ernest J. Gallo, general manager of Gallo’s spirits business, said in a news release. “We are fortunate to have Ansley Coale and Joseph Corley, Hubert (Germain-Robin)'s apprentice and current Germain-Robin distiller and cellarmaster, remain involved as part of the acquisition. We are pleased to continue delivering remarkable and unique California brandies that will appeal to whiskey and bourbon drinkers and other connoisseurs of brown spirits around the world.”

Established in 1982 by Ansley J. Coale Jr. and Hubert Germain-Robin of the Jules Robin family, Cognac producers since 1782, Germain-Robin pioneered the industry by blending traditional Cognac and California winemaking techniques to craft critically acclaimed, world-class California brandies.

International Wine Associates served as the exclusive financial advisor for Germain-Robin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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