Winebow, Inc

Location: Montvale, NJ
Phone: (201) 445-0620
Website: www.winebow.com
Status: Current Investment
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Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, Winebow enjoys the unique combination of being one of the United States’ largest importers and distributors of fine wines. As both an importer and a distributor, Winebow has established a unique, vertically integrated business model within the wine industry that provides the Company with meaningful competitive advantages, industry leading margins, and a preeminent platform for growth. Within its National segment, Winebow imports a diversified portfolio of 167 quality brands from 118 global suppliers and serves over 175 distributors that deliver fine wines to retailers and restaurants across all 50 states. Within its Wholesale segment, Winebow sells directly to restaurants and retailers in eight markets, including five of the top ten wine consuming markets. Through its integrated business model, Winebow has developed the market expertise to identify and source wines from around the globe, import

Background to the Transaction

Winebow, founded in 1980, is led by founder and Chairman, Leonardo LoCascio, and President and CEO, Jon Moramarco. Winebow's highly attractive, defensible business model has driven organic revenue growth every year since the Company’s inception. Brazos has significant experience investing in distribution businesses and assisting those companies with the development and implementation of strategies to drive significant revenue and EBITDA growth. In addition, Brazos has invested extensively in the consumer sector with a specific focus on branded consumer goods. Brazos Operating Partner Jim Harris participated in the transaction and currently serves on the Company's Board of Directors. Jim brings valuable insight in the premium wine space through his prior role as President of Hunneus Vintners, a Napa-based wine holding company, with such well-known brands as Quintessa, Flowers and the Prisoner. Brazos invested in the Company in 2011 to support Winebow’s continued growth and provide liquidity for shareholders.