Moët Hennessy takes over Woodinville Whiskey in US


Moët Hennessy has acquired US-based Woodinville Whiskey Company (WWC) for an undisclosed amount.

Moët Hennessy is a wine and spirits division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Established by Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile in 2010, WWC served as a beverage alcohol hub of more than 100 wineries, microbreweries, distilleries, and cideries.

WWC owns a modern distillery that is engaged in the production of Rye and Bourbon Whiskies.

Moët Hennessy president and CEO Christophe Navarre said: “We are convinced that Woodinville fits very well within the Moët Hennessy portfolio.

“Orlin and Brett have done a great job to establish Woodinville Whiskey as an iconic brand in Washington state with significant potential for expanded distribution through our US and international networks.

"We have much to learn from Orlin and Brett about American distilling and look forward to this important new partnership."

“While we are no strangers to whisky, with our Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malts, we have much to learn from Orlin and Brett about American distilling and look forward to this important new partnership.”

Brett Carlile and Orlin Sorensen will continue to oversee the operations of WWC.

Sorensen said: “We are very proud about what we have accomplished since founding Woodinville Whiskey Company just a few years ago.

“As we considered the many strategic opportunities before us, it was clear that being part of the Moët Hennessy portfolio and distribution network will allow us to reach our goals much more quickly.

“Brett and I are thrilled to continue leading the business and to be part of the accelerated growth we expect to achieve as part of Moët Hennessy, and its parent LVMH, the world’s leading luxury goods company.”