The origin of this giant US beverage company, headquartered in Fairport, United States new York is located in 1945, when Marvin Sands (1926-1999) with eight employees the company "Canandaigua Industries Co" in the city of Canandaigua nearby in the area Finger Lakes founded. The winemaking had been with Father Mack Sands at his Car-Cal Winery in North Carolina learned. Marvin's goal was to produce inexpensive bulk wine. In 1972 it was renamed Canandaigua Wine Company and in 1974 the Bisceglia Brothers Winery in Madera (California) was bought. The company was involved in the 1980s Coolers extremely successful.
Through constant purchases of wineries, wineries, beer and liquor brands and companies, Constellation Brands has developed into one of the world's largest wine companies, That was in 1974 Bisceglia Brothers Winery, in 1982 Batavia Wine Cellars, in 1987 Manischewitz and Widmer's Wine Cellars, 1991 Guild Wineries (with Dunnewood and Cook's), 1993 Vintners International (with Paul Masson and Taylor California Cellars ), 1994 Almaden Vineyards and the brand Inglenook, 1998 Arbor Mist, 1999 Franciscan and Simi Winery, 2003 the Australian multi Hardy Wine Company, 2004 the California winery Mondavi and 2006 the Canadian multi Vincor International, The Almaden Vineyards and Paul Masson and Inglenook were sold to the Wine Group sold.
In 1997 the name was changed to Canandaigua Brands Inc. In order to differentiate itself by name from the city / lake and also because of the "inexpressibility" of the old name, there was a change to Centerra Wine Company in 2003. Within the Holding Constellation Brands created in 2000, it still functions as a sales and marketing organization for certain wine brands. With the purchase of the "Beam Wine Estates" from the US group Fortune Brands Restructuring took place at the end of 2007. The huge wine portfolio is now managed in the following three categories:
Centerra Wine Company , headed by Tim Richenberg, specializes in varietals (Varietal wines) and Value brands (inexpensive quality wines) responsible. These include Arbor Mist, Cook's and Manischewitz, The Vintas division, headed by Chris Fehrnstrom, is responsible for the premium and super premium. For example, Blackstone, Buena Vista Winery. Clos du Bois Leasingham Ravenswood and Woodbridge, Icon Estates , led by Eric Morham, includes the ultra-premium and luxury brands. These include Kim Crawford, Estancia Estates, Franciscan, Nobilo. Mondavi. Opus One. Simi. Ruffino. Veramonte and wild horse.
In January 2011, Constellation Brands sold 80% of its subsidiaries "Constellation Wines Australia" (formerly Hardy Wine Company) and "Constellation Wines Europe" to the Australian company CHAMP. The deal was valued at around AU $ 290 million (€ 212 million) and included all UK, Australian and South African brands, wineries and vineyards, as well as a 50% stake in UK wine retailer Matthew Clark (beverage wholesaler). On this in June 2011 Accolade Wines renamed Weinmulti is involved with 20%. Around 7,500 employees worldwide work under the company slogan "Please Enjoy Our Products Responsibly". Sales in 2007 were $ 5.2 billion. The company is led by President & CEO US Jose Fernandez, Chairman & CEO Richard Sands and Chairman & COO Robert Sands.