E. & J. Gallo Winery acquires California brandy brand Germain-Robin


E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) has acquired Germain-Robin for an undisclosed amount.

Gallo's acquisition includes the Germain-Robin brand, an inventory of aged and ageing brandies. The aged inventories include brandy lots that are more than 30 years old and have been crafted from a broad range of traditional Cognac and Armagnac grape varieties, as well as non-traditional varietals such as Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Gallo's spirits business general manager Ernest J. Gallo said: "It is a privilege to be entrusted with the stewardship of Germain-Robin's California brandy legacy.

"We are fortunate to have Ansley Coale and Joseph Corley, Hubert's apprentice and current Germain-Robin distiller and cellarmaster, remain involved as part of the acquisition.

"The aged inventories include brandy lots that are more than 30 years old."

"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."

Germain-Robin founder Ansley Coale said: "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.

"We hope 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."

International Wine Associates served as the exclusive financial advisor for Germain-Robin.