Gemini Spirits & Wine Company has a long tradition of bringing fine wines and spirits from around the world to discerning consumers in the United States. Founded in 1934 by Harry Feinberg as Monsieur Henri Wines, 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, along with 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 built Stolichnaya into a 1.2 million case brand by 1993. In early 1994, U.S. distribution rights for Stoli were moved to Carillon due to changes in the industry.
In 1994 Sazerac acquired Monsiuer Henri Wines, and in 2007 the company was renamed Gemini Spirits & Wine. Sazerac is a New Orleans-based, privately held and family owned business. The resources, influence and support that Sazerac provides along with supplier partners that are aligned with the mission, vision and culture enables great brands to be built.
Gemini Spirits & Wine Company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Gemini Spirits and Wine Company’s mission is to successfully enable strategic partner brands to be built in the U.S. market
· Trust & Integrity
· Ethics & Values
· Action Orientated
· Results Orientated