Republic National Distributing Company and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Extend Partnership
April 18, 2018
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced that Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is extending its distribution partnership with RNDC for an additional five years in Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
“We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with Ste. Michelle and our distribution of its award-winning wine portfolio,” said RNDC Chief Operating Officer Bob Hendrickson. “Our organizations’ strong individual histories of leadership in American wine production and distribution complement one another, and this agreement further aligns our commitment to bringing quality brands to market.”
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates owns Chateau Ste. Michelle, which pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State and has been producing classic European varietal wines since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions. It is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
“RNDC has been a great fit for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates for many years,” said Ste. Michelle Wine Estates President and CEO Ted Baseler. “The two companies are synergistic, including our cultural and management philosophies, which creates excitement for the many opportunities ahead.”
Added Dan Heller, Executive Vice President of Sales for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates: “The RNDC team says what they’ll do and does what they say. They consistently deliver against strong management objectives. That makes us excited about working as partners well into the future.”
The partnership between RNDC and Ste. Michelle began in 1985, and has since grown to be a brand leader among RNDC’s wine suppliers in the markets it is distributed.
“RNDC’s roots run deep into America dating back to the 1890s,” said RNDC President and CEO Tom Cole. “Our ownership group is committed to continuing to build brands, and we are excited about our future with Ste. Michelle Estates and its great portfolio of world-class wines.”
About Ste. Michelle Wine Estates:
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, located outside of Seattle, Washington, has a distinguished history that dates back to 1934. The company pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State while wines under the Ste. Michelle label were first introduced in 1967. Today, SMWE Ste. Michelle owns more than 3,700 vineyard acres across Washington, Oregon and California with key sites certified with the LIVE, Salmon Safe or Napa Green designations. Ste. Michelle’s SMWE’s ‘String of Pearls’ wine portfolio represents owned or imported brands, all demonstrating the producers’ unwavering commitment to creating distinctive, high -quality wines from authentic estate vineyards. Chateau Ste. Michelle, its cornerstone winery, enjoys winemaking partnerships with some of the world’s most distinguished vintners:. Col Solare is an alliance with Tuscany’s Piero Antinori, Eroica Riesling is a partnership with the Mosel’s Ernst Loosen and Tenet is a collaboration with Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie of France. SMWE’s Ste. Michelle’s charitable giving program , which supports some 400 non-profit organizations annually and, has provided more than $3 million for scholarships for high-achieving, low-income students at Washington universities. The company also was the principal fundraiser for Washington State University’s viticulture and enology institution, the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center.
Ste. Michelle’s Washington portfolio includes: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands, Col Solare, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyard, Merf, Intrinsic, Seven Falls and Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wines. In California, the company owns Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (with Italy’s Antinori family), and Conn Creek (Napa Valley), and Patz & Hall (Sonoma). Ste. Michelle also owns Erath, in Dundee, Oregon. The company became the exclusive U.S. importer in 2006 for the acclaimed Marchesi Antinori wine portfolio of Italy and Chile’s Haras de Pirque wines, for Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte of France in 2009, for New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate in 2010, and for Spain’s Torres in 2014.