Woodinville Whiskey Company (WWC) becomes part of Moët Hennessy’s world-renowned wine and spirits portfolio

Paris, 2017-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Moët Hennessy and Woodinville Whiskey Company (WWC) announced today (JULY 13, 2017) that Moët Hennessy has acquired WWC, which has become part of Moët Hennessy’s world-renowned wine and spirits portfolio. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

WWC was founded in 2010 by lifelong friends Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile, who will continue to oversee WWC’s operations.  WWC has quickly established itself, in the world of craft whiskeys, today focused on the Washington state market only.

Mr. Christophe Navarre, President and CEO of Moët Hennessy said, “We are convinced that Woodinville fits very well within the Moët Hennessy portfolio. Orlin and Brett have done a great job to establish Woodinville Whiskey as an iconic brand in Washington state with significant potential for expanded distribution through our US and international networks. While we are no strangers to whiskey, with our Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malts, we have much to learn from Orlin and Brett about American distilling and look forward to this important new partnership.”

Mr. Orlin Sorensen added, “We are very proud about what we have accomplished since founding Woodinville Whiskey Company just a few years ago. As we considered the many strategic opportunities before us, it was clear that being part of the Moët Hennessy portfolio and distribution network will allow us to reach our goals much more quickly. Brett and I are thrilled to continue leading the business and to be part of the accelerated growth we expect to achieve as part of Moët Hennessy, and its parent LVMH, the world’s leading luxury goods company.”

Since its founding, WWC has been based in the namesake town of Woodinville, Washington, a robust beverage alcohol hub of more than 100 wineries, microbreweries, distilleries, and cideries with more than 300,000 annual visitors. The new state of the art distillery and tasting room were completed in 2014. The company’s barrel warehouses are based in Quincy, Washington, where local resources are plentiful, and climatic conditions facilitate the aging process.

WWC’s Rye and Bourbon Whiskies are matured for at least five years.  Having relied primarily on sales of its Micro Barreled Bourbon and Rye, the company was able to launch its 5-year-old Straight Bourbon in 2015, which was immediately crowned “Whiskey of the Year” for 2016 by the American Distilling Institute. Its 5-year-old Straight Rye followed in 2016, and that was named as Best Rye Whiskey for 2017, also by the American Distilling Institute.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

Moët Hennessy unveils the first vintage of Ao Yun Chinese wine

Moët Hennessy unveils the first vintage of Ao Yun Chinese wine

 

London, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following years of meticulous research behind a quest to create a truly great Chinese wine, Moët Hennessy has unveiled the first vintage of Ao Yun. The vineyards, which rise to altitudes up to 2,600 meters at the foot of the sacred Meili Mountain, are situated in Yunnan province, near the legendary city of Shangri-La on the edge of the Himalayas.

Ao Yun is the fruit of an ambitious venture initiated by Christophe Navarre, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy: the creation of a new winery in a virgin terroir where vineyards had never before been planted. With its fantastic potential, rich culture and breathtaking landscapes, the Yunnan region in the Himalayan foothills was the ideal location for this initiative. Some 300 hectares of vines were planted by Chinese authorities in 2002. Moët Hennessy and estate director Maxence Dulou embarked on the bold challenge of developing a French grape variety that had never been grown at 2,600 meters.

The ideal location was found in North Yunnan, on the banks of the Mekong, an area that enjoys intense sunlight and very cool nights given the altitude, enabling cabernet sauvignon to reveal the best of this unique terroir.

Local farmers have worked these lands for centuries, building terraces on the steep mountainsides. Guided by this artisanal culture with a deep respect for nature, Ao Yun has been developed from small parcels of vines, totaling 30 hectares around four villages. The grape harvest and production is done by hand by residents of the villages.

Ao Yung means “flying above the clouds”, a reference to the clouds that cap the summits of the Himalayan mountains. Reinventing the concept of luxury, the estate’s first wine, the 2013 vintage, is a truly exceptional and rare experience.

Excessive drinking may damage your health. Please drink responsibly.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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COP21: Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre on the importance of the environment

PARIS, 2015-12-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the COP21 World Climate Summit, of which LVMH is a partner, we asked five CEOs from our different business sectors to talk about the importance of the environment for their respective Houses. Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moët Hennessy, presents initiatives taken by LVMH Wines & Spirits Houses.

Why is the environment so important for Moët Hennessy?
Wines and spirits are obviously intimately linked to nature. Every day at Moët Hennessy we keep in mind that, without nature, we simply would not exist. Thanks to the work of skilled people, our Houses, founded centuries ago, nurture this unique heritage to craft exceptional wines and spirits.

We are very much aware of the impact of our activities on the environment, and we have a responsibility to of course preserve our heritage, but also enrich it thanks to research and innovation, in order to pass it on to future generations.

Is there one particular initiative by your Houses of which you are especially proud?
All our Houses work each day to improve their environmental performance, and I’m tremendously proud of these efforts. It’s impossible to say that one is more important than the others, and it would take too long to cite all of them. But there are several that are emblematic.

In Champagne, since July 2014 our vineyards have had dual certification for Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne and High Environmental Value. The creation of this nationwide label was initiated by our Houses. After having achieved certification for their own vineyards they seek to inspire the entire industry, especially transport firms, to make respect for the environment a priority.

Hennessy now ships over 95% of its products by ship and rail, giving priority to transportation solutions that generate the lowest carbon emissions. We were a stakeholder in reopening the rail line between Cognac and the port of Le Havre and we’re working to go even further this year by adopting a circular economy approach with one of our suppliers on this itinerary. This environmentally-responsible initiative does not only apply to shipping but also to employee travel. We’ve deployed a fleet of 60 electric vehicles at our different production sites and our drivers receive eco-driving training.

One last example is Veuve Clicquot, which has really innovated with a 100% biodegradable box made from grape skins and recycled paper, and called, quite logically, Naturally Clicquot. This initiative is a first step in our efforts to systematically employ this type of innovative packaging.

How will the creation of the LVMH Carbon Fund help your Houses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?
In 2008 we set a target of reducing our aggregate C02 emissions for all our Houses by 30% by 2020. The carbon fund will allow us to accelerate these efforts and even exceed our target. We’ll be able to push further in deploying new innovative processes to reduce our carbon footprint.

SOURCE: LVMH

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COP21: Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre on the importance of the environment

Christophe Navarre © Studio Kippik