E&J Gallo acquires Germain-Robin brandy

17th August, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

American wine producer E&J Gallo has extended its spirits portfolio with the acquisition of Californian brandy producer Germain-Robin for an undisclosed sum.

E&J Gallo has purchased Germain-Robin brandy for an undisclosed sum

The deal includes the Germain-Robin brand, the inventory of aged and ageing brandies and all finished goods. The unique inventories include brandy lots that are over 30 years old, crafted from a broad range of traditional Cognac and Armagnac grape varieties, as well as Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Ansley J. Coale Jr and Hubert Germain-Robin of the Jules Robin family established the brand in 1982. The duo are said to be pioneers in the creation of California brandies, as well as innovating blending Cognac traditions and techniques with California winemaking and premium grape varieties.

Coale and Joseph Corley, Hubert’s apprentice and current Germain-Robin distiller and cellar master, will remain involved in the company.

“It is a privilege to be entrusted with the stewardship of Germain-Robin’s California brandy legacy,” said Ernest J. Gallo, general manager of Gallo’s spirits business.

“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.”

“For decades, Germain-Robin has struggled to place brandy distilled from California wine where it belongs: a category, long overlooked, in fact worthy of inclusion at all levels among the world’s finest spirits,” said Coale.

“We hope – indeed intend – that our unique knowledge and capabilities, supported and augmented by, and carefully integrated into, Gallo’s deep experience and powerful resources in both production and marketing, will help bring brandy from California wine the recognition it so richly deserves.”

Germain-Robin joins E&J Gallo’s spirits portfolio, including New Amsterdam Vodka and Gin and E&J Brandy, in addition to imported Scotch whiskies from Whyte & Mackay, including The Dalmore, Jura Single Malt and John Barr Blended.

Earlier this month, E&J Gallo added two new flavours – Lemon and Raspberry – to its New Amsterdam Vodka range.

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