The Winebow Group, LLC
The Winebow Group, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is a leading importer and distributor of fine wines (industry defined as wines with retail prices $10 and over) and craft spirits from around the world. The company represents some of the most established, family-owned wineries as well as a new generation of winemakers and distillers, all who are dedicated to innovation and quality.
With a focus on education and outstanding customer service, The Winebow Group’s distribution network reaches geographies accounting for more than half of the wine consumption in the U.S. and includes the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.
Additionally, The Winebow Group is one of the largest fine wine importers in the country having developed an unparalleled book of fine wines that it imports from over 130 producers around the world and sells within both its distribution territories (as described above) as well as to wholesalers in the remaining 50 states. The company offers wineries direct access to a significant piece of the U.S. market while helping them to avoid the complications and costs of establishing their own U.S. sales force. These direct relationships enable The Winebow Group to build a robust portfolio of high-end fine wines while maintaining significant control over the brand positioning of the products it distributes.
The Winebow Group was formed in July 2014 through the merger of two leading fine wine importers and distributors: The Vintner Group, Inc. and Winebow, Inc., who shared similar culture and histories as well as extremely complementary footprints and wine portfolios. The combination has created one of the largest fine wine importer and distributor in the industry.
Brockway Moran & Partners recapitalized The Vintner Group in partnership with management in August 2011 and immediately began to execute on an aggressive growth strategy. The Vintner Group completed five add-on transactions over the subsequent two years, expanding its distribution footprint from primarily the Mid-Atlantic region into the Southeast and the Northeast United States. Following the merger with Winebow, the company continued its growth via acquisition expanding further into the Midwest and also to the West coast of the United States. The Winebow Group has completed 10 transactions since Brockway Moran & Partner’s investment in the business in 2011 and the company continues to actively pursue opportunities to acquire both importers and distributions that are complementary to, or an expansion of, its existing footprint or wine portfolio.Print