Gallo Adds Luxury Brandy Germain-Robin To Spirits StableAugust 17, 2017
E.&J. Gallo has purchased California craft brandy distiller Germain-Robin for an undisclosed amount. The transaction includes the Germain-Robin brand as well as the company’s inventory of aged brandies. The deal gives Gallo a high-end craft brandy to complement its mass market E.&J. Brandy label. Germain-Robin, including Craft Method (VSOP), XO and a variety of specialty offerings, retails at $48 and up and produces about 6,000 cases annually. E.&J. Brandy retails at around $12 and up and sold nearly 3.9 million cases last year, including its flavored expressions.
Hubert Germain-Robin and Ansley Coale founded Germain-Robin in 1982. Over the years the company built a reputation for high-quality bottlings and helped to establish the growing market for high-end American brandies, along with more recent entrants like Copper & Kings and Leopold Bros. Coale and current distiller and cellarmaster Joseph Corley will continue to consult on the brand as it transitions to Gallo ownership.
Ernest J. Gallo, vice president and general manager of Gallo’s spirits business, told SND that the acquisition was an opportunistic play in the fast-rising brown spirits category. “Over the past few years, we had developed both a business and a personal relationship with the principals of Germain-Robin. When they chose to focus on other spirits, they naturally contacted us,” Gallo said.—Shane EnglishSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.