Wine Classics signs E. & J. Gallo Winery for Canada DF/TR distribution

E. & J. Gallo Winery Canada and Wine Classics International are partnering in Canada Travel Retail representing E. & J. Gallo Winery’s extensive portfolio of premium wines and spirits. Wine Classics International will represent the E. & J. Gallo Winery’s portfolio as the agent in the Canadian Duty Free Market. The partnership took effect on November 1, 2021.

E. & J. Gallo’s range of offerings in Canada includes Apothic and Barefoot Wines, La Marca Prosecco, Orin Swift, New Amsterdam and Pink Whitney Vodkas, RumChata, and High Noon hard seltzer, along with many more.

“The E. & J. Gallo Winery Canada team is excited to be working with one of the leading agencies in the Duty Free and Travel Retail segment in Canada. Jonathan, Sherri and the Wine Classics team are working closely with us to bring our category leading, innovative and profit driving items to the business. We are looking forward to growing this business together,” commented Matt Wicksted, E&J Gallo National Sales Director. 

Wine Classics, which was started in 1995 by Jonathan Hemi, has grown significantly in the past five years.

“We believe in representing premium spirits and E. & J. Gallo Winery has a wonderful already established portfolio of premium wines and spirits. We are excited to be partnering with a company that is global and has so many iconic brands such as E&J Gallo Brandy, Rum Chata, Pink Whitney, New Amsterdam Vodka, Apothic, Barefoot Wines and so many more amazing products,” said Hemi.

“We are looking forward to a strong partnership with E. & J. Gallo Winery in Canada Travel Retail,” added Wine Classics Director of Sales and Marketing Travel Retail Sherri Gidney.      

“Brand building and customer relationships are two of our key strengths. We are confident that this fantastic portfolio that includes strong branding as well as taste will resonate with our consumers in the Duty-Free channel. If you are driving through the Canada land border locations or flying through the Canada airports don’t forget to pick up one of E. & J Gallo’s amazing brands.”

Wine Classics, located in Toronto, Canada, has seen substantial supplier growth since 2020. The company is currently working with suppliers that have strong brands in domestic markets as well as many Travel Retail markets around the world. 

In addition to the new portfolio of E&J Gallo Winery brands, the company also represents such key companies and brands as Edrington (Macallan, Highland Park, Etc.), Iceberg Vodka, Heaven Hill (Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Etc.), TJ Carolans, Roust (Russian Standard), Globefill Inc (Crystal Head Vodka), Signal Hill Canadian Whisky, Konzelmann Wines and Ice Wines, Frescobaldi Wines and Calamus Wines in the Canadian Travel Retail market. 

“With a full sales and marketing team, wonderful brands, and strong partnerships with suppliers and customers we are honored to grow this new portfolio of brands with our current portfolio in the Canadian Travel Retail markets,” said Gidney.

Wine Classics presented at the 2021 FDFA Summit from Peninsula Queenston Lewiston Duty Free with Chris Foster, Katie Foster and Jim Foster. Top: Sherri Gidney instore with Crystal Head Signal Hill Brand Ambassador Andrew Daw. Above: Chris Foster, Gidney and Daw presenting on zoom.