Top 14 Wine Distributors In the USA

08/01/2018 From the report published by The Wines and Vines, here are the top 14 wine distributors of the United States.

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits are America's largest Spirits and Wine distributor. It was founded in 1968 in Florida. It then expanded from Florida to California in 1969. It provides services to 36 states and 1178 wineries - as per Wines & Vines Analytics. As per Forbes Magazine, the firm generated $16.5 billion in revenue in 2016. It sold 150 million cases of spirits and wines in 2016. 

Headquarters: Miami, FL

States served: 36

Offices: 126

U.S Wineries represented: 1,178

Chairman: Harvey Chaplin

Executive Vice Chairman: Bennett Glazer

CEO: Wayne Chaplin

President: Sheldon Stein 

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC)

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) is the second largest beverage alcohol distributor of premium wine and spirits in the US. It represents 7581 wineries according to Wines & Vines Analytics. According to Forbes, it generated revenue of $6.5 billion in 2016. Forbes also ranks RNDC as the 49th largest private company in the US. It has more than 9,000 employees nationwide. It distributes products within its specific markets for alcohol suppliers ranging in size from local to national corporations.

Headquarters: Grand Prairie, Texas

States served: 21

Offices: 42

U.S Wineries represented: 751

President & CEO: Tom Cole

EVP & COO: Robert Hendrickson

Breakthru Beverage Group

Breakthru Beverage Group distributes its products to the retailers, restaurants and beverage businesses. It is a leading North American distributor of premium and luxury wine, spirits and beer. It ranks third among the top wine distributors in the US. It sells products to around 691 wineries into 15 states, according to Wines & Vines Analytics. 

Headquarters: New York, NY, and Cicero, III.

States served: 15

Offices: 37

U.S Wineries represented: 691

Co-chairman: Charles Merinoff and W.Rockwell 

President & CEO: Greg Baird

Young's Market Co.

Young's Market Co. was originally a liquor warehouse. It is a family-owned wine and spirits distributor. It was founded in 1888. It strives to be a leader in the wholesale and distribution of wine, spirits, and other selected beverages. It serves 663 wineries in 11 western states. It reports annual revenue of more than $3 billion. It employs 3,000 people. 

Headquarters: Tustin, Calif

States served: 11

Offices: 54

U.S Wineries represented: 663

Chairman: Vern Underwood

CEO: Chris Underwood

President: Rick Gillis

Johnson Brothers Liquor Co.

Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. was founded in 1953. It offers full-service distribution including wine, spirits, beer, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages. It serves in 22 states, in the upper Midwest and Southwest regions. It also provides professional sales consulting services and design and printing services.

Headquarters: St. Paul, Minn.

States served: 22

Offices: 30

U.S Wineries represented: 135

CEO: Michael Johnson

COO: Todd Johnson

Heidelberg Distributing Co.

Heidelberg Distributing Co. was founded in 1938. It holds core values close and lives by the vision of a thriving, adapting and leading the way to be customer's first choice as a wine, spirits and beer distributor. It serves only two states, Kentucky and Ohio. It ranks #6 among the top wine distributors in the USA, according to Wines & Vines Analytics. It distributes the products to 177 domestic wineries.

Headquarters: Dayton, Ohio

States served: 2

Offices: 9

U.S Wineries represented: 177

CEO: Vail Miller Jr.

Co-chairman: Al Vontz III and Vail Miller Jr.

Wine Warehouse

Wine Warehouse is a family-owned and operated wholesale distributor of wine spirits and beer for California. It was established in 1973. It started with a single container of French Burgandy. Now it is a leader of the premium beverages and offers over 10,000 wines, spirits, and beers in California. It distributes products from 104 domestic wineries and ranks #7 US Wine Distributor according to Wines & Vines Analytics.

Headquarters: Los Angeles

States served: 1

Offices: 2

U.S Wineries represented: 104

Chairman and CEO: Jim Myerson

Senior Vice President: Linda Myerson Dean

President and COO: Greg Akins

Martignetti Cos.

Martignetti Cos. is a leading distributor of wines and spirits in New England. It sells and promotes craft spirits through a nationwide network of distributors. It has 1,200 employees and serves 22 states.

Headquarters: Taunton, Mass.

States served: 22

Offices: 3

U.S Wineries represented: 235

Chairman: Jim Carmine Martignetti

Empire Merchants

Empire Merchants distributes spirits, wines and other beverages in New York. It provides services to restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, and other retail outlets. It was formerly known as Charmer Industries. It ranks 9th in Wines & Vines' list of top 10 wine distributors in the USA.

Headquarters: Brooklyn, NY

States served: 3

Offices: 6

U.S Wineries represented: 124

President & CEO: John Devin

COO: Tony Magliocco

The Winebow Group

The Winebow Group is leading fine wine and craft spirits importer and distributor. It represents many established, family-owned wineries and distilleries. Its distribution network includes the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It is one of the largest fine wine importers in the country has developed a book of fine wines that it imports and sells. 

Headquarters: Glen Allen, Va.

States served: 20

Offices: 20

U.S Wineries represented: 81

President & CEO: David Townsend

Executive Vice President and CFO: Dean Ferrell

Frederick Wildman

Frederick Wildman, founded in 1934, is a leading fine wine distributor based in New York. They offer leading properties from France, Italy, Span, and Argentina. They are fully focused on sourcing, distributing and marketing finest wines and spirits from around the world.

Headquarters: New York

Chief Executive: Mr. Davide Mascalzoni

President: Mr. John Sellar

Vice-President: Mr. James DiCicco

Allied Beverage

Allied Beverage was founded by the managers of The Baxter Group, F & A Distributing Company and The Jaydor Corporation. Allied has become New Jersey’s largest and comprehensive wine and spirits distributors.

Headquarters: New Jersey,

Director of Quality Control: Ms. Barbara Reed

Phone: 201-842-6200

Fax: 201-842-6328

Moon Distributors

Moon Distributors was started in 1935 by Harry Hastings. It is a family owned and operated the company. It has been stated’s leading alcohol distributor for over 80 years.

Headquarters: Little Rock

CEO: Stan Hastings

President: Mickey Nottingham

Vice President: Harry Lee Hastings

Email:  jharrod@moondist.com

Sources used: Wines & Vines