The origins of the British giant were in 1961 when the three major English beer breweries Ind Coope (including Victoria Wine), Tetley Walker and Ansells were merged into the company "Allied Breweries". Further acquisitions followed before the company was renamed "Allied-Lyons PLC" in 1981. In 1986 the "Allied Vintners" division was founded. In 1987, Hiram-Walker was acquired, which added other major spirits brands. By buying the Spanish sherry house Domecq In 1994 the wine division was expanded extensively. The company now traded under the new name "Allied Domecq" with its headquarters in Bristol (England). Finally, in 2002 "Allied Domecq" went public on the New York Stock Exchange under the name "AED". At that time, the portfolio included around 20 spirits and liqueur brands, wineries in Spain, California and Argentina, as well as a restaurant chain.
The company was founded in 2005 by the French beverage company Pernod Ricard accepted. For antitrust reasons, you had to look at the spirits portfolio with the US company Fortune Brands and partly also the second large British beverage multinational Diageo divide. The Domecq brand, the Domecq sherry and brandy brands, the Spanish wineries Domecq Bodegas, as well as Domecq in Mexico were taken over by Pernod Ricard. In early 2008, Pernod Ricard sold the sherry and brandy brands Osborne further. The Domecq brand "Fundador", as well Cockburn and Harvey's went to Fortune Brands. Nevertheless, Allied Domecq is still one of the largest wine and spirits companies in the world,