In conjunction with this acquisition, Southern Glazer’s will distribute the Foley family’s wines nationwide.
MIAMI and DALLAS, February 8, 2020 – Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (Southern Glazer’s), one of the world’s leading distributors of spirits, today announced the signing of a national distribution agreement with Foley Family Wines (FFW), a family-owned luxury wine company. Through this national agreement, Foley Family Wines will leverage Southern Glazer’s national reach, unmatched marketing capabilities and its industry-leading Proof® e-commerce platform to enhance FFW’s business performance and expand its growing portfolio of luxury brands. In conjunction with this national distribution agreement, Southern Glazer has signed definitive agreements to acquire certain assets of California-based Epic Wine & Spirits (Epic), subject to customary closing conditions.
This new direction coincides with the launch of Southern Glazer’s new craft wine and spirits strategy, which aims to improve market access and customer service for our foodservice, fine wine and craft spirits partners.
“This is a new era for Foley Family Wines following their recent acquisition of Ferrari-Carano, as they seek to accelerate the growth of their world-class wine portfolio in the United States,” said Wayne E. Chaplin, CEO of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “Our two family-owned companies are committed to working together, building on past successes, further developing their great brands and creating lasting and successful partnerships for the future.”
“The expansion of our relationship with Foley Family Wines reinforces our commitment to the premium wine category, which we hope to continue to develop,” adds Gene Sullivan, director of sales and marketing for Southern Glazer’s wine and spirits division. “We remain committed to developing a dynamic, high-quality wine business, while at the same time striving to achieve the best possible results for Foley Family Wines’ portfolio of premium brands.
“As FFW’s portfolio of luxury brands continues to grow, it is essential that we work with a wholesale partner that has broad access to the market,” said Bill Foley, CEO of Foley Family Wines and Epic Wines & Spirits. “This national alignment with Southern Glazer’s gives FFW unparalleled access to a customer base that will catapult FFW toward our goal of becoming a leading producer of premium wines.
“The national partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the next step for Foley Family Wines,” said Shawn Schiffer, President of Foley Family Wines. “We believe the scale and strategies of Southern Glazer’s leading company position Foley Family Wines for exponential growth.”
Founded in 1996 by Bill Foley, Foley Family Wines offers a portfolio of highly sought-after wines from some of the world’s finest vineyards. Each brand in the company’s portfolio has its own style and heritage. Foley Family Wines owns the following wineries in California: Ferrari Carano (Sonoma County), Foley Sonoma (Geyserville), Chalone Vineyard (Monterey), Foley Estate (Sta. Rita Hills), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang), Merus (Napa Valley), Foley Johnson (Napa Valley), Culeto (Napa Valley), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County), Sebastiani (Sonoma County), Lancaster Estate (Sonoma County), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley), Eos Winery (Paso Robles), Roth Winery (Sonoma County) and Banshee (Sonoma County). In the Northwest, the company owns Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, Washington), Acrobat (Western Oregon) and Four Graces (Dundee, Oregon). In New Zealand, the company owns Wawasur (Marlborough), Clifford Bay (Marlborough), Grove Mill (Marlborough), Dashwood (Marlborough), Martinborough Vineyard (Martinborough), Te Kairanga (Martinborough) and Mount Complexity (Bannockburn, Central Otago).
About South Glazer Wine and Spirits.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s largest distributor of alcoholic beverages and is proud to be a multi-generational family business. The company operates in 44 states in the United States, the District of Columbia and Canada. Southern Glazer’s encourages all retailers and adult consumers to sell, market, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information, visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.