Rochester, NY. Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits, acquired The Prisoner Wine Company’s portfolio of brands from Huneeus Vintners, a fine wine company. The portfolio includes five fine wine brands led by The Prisoner, a fast growing super luxury wine, and also includes Saldo, Cuttings, Blindfold and Thorn. Nixon Peabody advised long-time client Constellation in the deal.
The Prisoner is the #1 super luxury red blend and growing 28 percent in retail sales since last year. The Prisoner has a consistent track record of 90+ point scores and has been a Wine Spectator Top 100 wine three times. Saldo is the #2 super luxury Zinfandel with IRI dollar sales growth of more than 40 percent over the last 52 weeks while Blindfold is the #1 super luxury white blend.
The Nixon Peabody deal team was led by Jeff LaBarge and included Eric Tanck, Isaac Figueras, Brian Becker, Kristen Walsh, Marc Kenny, Eric Ideta, and Bruce Copeland.