Gemini Spirits & Wine Company has a long tradition of bringing fine wines and spirits from around
the world to discriminating consumers in the United States. Founded in 1934 by Harry Feinberg, the company's early years were focused on the
importation of predominantly first growth, exceptional French wines. A major departure took place at the 1964 World's Fair when the company
launched Yago Sangria, which became the first 2 million case imported brand in the U.S. PepsiCo acquired the business in 1972, giving PepsiCo
rights to Stolichnaya, a 10,000 case brand at the time, and other respected brands such as Concha y Toro. The company flourished; during
1977-79, it was the only U.S. wine importer to have five 100,000 case brands. The company was also building Stolichnaya into a great brand
during that period; by 1993, Stoli was 1.2 million cases. In early 1994, U.S. distribution rights for Stoli were moved to Carillon as a result
of industry changes.
After over 60 years of continued success, the New Orleans-based spirit company Sazerac acquired the
company in 1994. Sazerac is a privately held, family owned business.
Gemini Spirits & Wine Company is headquartered and run from its offices in Chicago, Illinois.