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J. Hofstätter & Dr. Fischer Name M.S. Walker Brands Exclusive National Importer

Posted on July 28, 2021

BOSTON, MA – M.S. Walker Brands has today announced its appointment as the exclusive U.S. importer for J. Hofstätter, the renowned Italian wine producer from the northern Alto Adige region, as well as Weingut Dr. Fischer, its prestigious German estate on the Saar river. Effective August 15th, 2021, the partnership will strategically position the two historic wine brands for consistent growth throughout the United States in the coming years. These benchmark brands join M.S. Walker Brand’s award winning and internationally recognized national portfolio of fine wines and spirits.

“After many years in the market, we are steadfast in growing our image, along with working together with partners that share our long-term family company values,” says Martin Foradori Hofstätter, owner of the J. Hofstätter estate.

Known worldwide for its Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer, the J. Hofstätter estate stands in the northern Italian Alto Adige area in the world famous Tramin village, between the thick walls of an imposing 16th century building, next to the main church of this small town in the province of Bolzano. Now in its fourth generation, the company is run by Martin Foradori Hofstätter who is the son of the recently passed away Paolo Foradori, known as the father of the Italian Pinot Noir. He took the lead after three generations and more than a century of experience in the care of delicate grapes, such as Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer, as well as other varieties including Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco, along with the indigenous Lagrein. In 2014, Hofstätter seized the opportunity to revitalize the historic Weingut Dr. Fischer sited on the Saar River. This small, internationally acclaimed estate cultivates exclusively Riesling in the top class, steep sites of Ockfener Bockstein and Saarburger Kupp.

“We are delighted to form this strategic partnership with Martin and the celebrated J. Hofstätter team,” says Gary Shaw, Executive Vice President of Sales at M.S. Walker Brands. “Our immediate focus is on expanding distribution points across the country to grow the J. Hofstätter and Dr. Fischer brands domestically, bringing these world-class wines to the forefront of minds at the trade and consumer levels.”

For more information on J. Hofstätter and Dr. Fischer, visit

For distribution inquiries, please contact M.S. Walker Brands National Portfolio Manager: Daniel Hubbard at

About M.S. Walker Brands

Founded in 1933, M.S. Walker, Inc. is a New England-based importer & distributor of fine wines and spirits, serving both national and international brands. Based in Massachusetts, M.S. Walker Brands acts as an Agency Importer of select national spirit and wine brands from around the world, in addition to manufacturing its own Spirits in Boston, MA.

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