Constellation Brands: the largest in the wine world
Constellation Brands is a multinational company of enormous size and that continues to grow. Its sales volume during the first six months of 2013 published by “I numeri del vino” prove how at this point the profits created by beer have surpassed those created by wine: 220 million the former and 155 the latter before corporate costs and adjustments. Mind boggling figures which correspond to volumes which are increasing by more than 15%.
Wine had a turnover of 629 million dollars in 6 months and a market which is prevalently American even though Constellation sells in 100 nations around the world.
In their portfolio there are some real wine pearls bought when they were already famous and that have maintained their original brand: Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois and Ruffino which appear on the first page of the list. Not bad considering that on page two there are excellencies such as SIMI and on the third Mouton Cadet Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
In Italy the Constellation owns Ruffino since 2011 where they took over after the Folonari family who has been going through some complicated times. Ruffino is an historical brand with an International reputation: founded in 1877 with 600 hectares of Vineyard and 15 million bottles produced in splendid estates: especially great bottles of Chianti Classico but also of Brunello in the Greppone Mazzi estate.
The Greppone is a villa with internal garden and frescoed staircase; it is in the historic part of Brunello, where the extraordinary ability of this wine to age was discovered by the Biondi Santi’s, half way between the Greppo and the Colle al Matrichese dei Conti Costanti. Among the many billionaires mixed in with the producers of Brunello there is also a wine billionaire, fifth largest wine producer in the world with 7.700 hectares, world leader for premium wines, the major producer of wines in Canada and New Zealand.
For a small wine producer like me having a colossus of this weight as a neighbour is a bit scary, but that’s just what Montalcino is like, a sort of light attracts all those who count or those who want to become important in the wine world.
One does wonder though how much room there will be for small family run wineries like my Casato Prime Donne