1933

Upon repeal of prohibition, Rudolph C. Kopf founds the wine and spirits department of Macy’s department store in New York. It quickly gains a reputation as the finest wine and spirits shop in the country and Mr. Kopf becomes recognized as one of America’s most knowledgeable wine and spirits professionals.

Over time he develops relationships with many of the finest wine and spirit producers in the world.

1944

Headquartered in the Empire State Building, Mr. Kopf founds Kobrand Corporation on simple principles that prove to be of paramount importance. The first is quality of product; the second, quality of people; and the third, quality of relationships.

1944

Larressingle, a fifth-generation distiller of the number one Armagnac brand in the United States, distinguishes the portfolio.

1945

Kobrand develops a relationship with Maison Louis Jadot, one of the most respected firms in Burgundy and producer of some of the region's most noted wines.

1946

The important relationship is formed with François Taittinger of Champagne Taittinger, one of Champagne’s great grande marques.

1963

Kobrand welcomes liqueuriste L'Héritier-Guyot’s Crème de Cassis de Dijon to the portfolio.

1973

Château d’Aquéria, the quintessential Tavel Rosé, is added to the portfolio.

1978

Michel Redde represents Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre terroir in Kobrand’s portfolio.

1978

Kobrand’s Italian Portfolio is strengthened with the addition of Michele Chiarlo, a family owned Piedmont winery that was one of the early leaders in setting the bar for DOCG quality in Piedmont.

1978

Bouvet-Ladubay, a historic producer of Loire sparkling wines, joins the portfolio.

1985

Mr. Kopf’s three daughters carry forth their father’s company after his passing.

1985

Sequoia Grove of Napa Valley enters the portfolio as Kobrand’s first American winery.

1985

Kobrand’s principals purchase Maison Louis Jadot, making Kobrand the first American firm to acquire a Burgundy producer. This original purchase includes Jadot’s production facilities, inventories and several key vineyards. Kobrand goes on to deepen its presence in Burgundy and strengthen Maison Louis Jadot by greatly expanding vineyard ownership and securing critical vineyard contracts.

1985

Kobrand introduces Alizé, a unique blend of passion fruit and other exotic fruit juices with spirit, pioneering a new category of specialty drinks in the United States that grows, over the 1990s, to dominate that category.

1986

Kobrand joins forces with Champagne Taittinger to begin the Domaine Carneros joint venture.

1986

Fernando Pighin & Figli, producer of esteemed Pinot Grigios from the regions of Friuli Grave and Collio, joins the portfolio.

1987

Cakebread Cellars, one of the most respected family wineries of Napa Valley, secures a marketing agreement with Kobrand Corporation.

1987

Kobrand becomes the exclusive U.S. importer of the great Ports of Taylor Fladgate.

1987

Tenuta San Guido, legendary creator of the Super Tuscan Sassicaia, enters the portfolio.

1988

St. Francis Vineyards becomes Kobrand’s first joint venture partnership with a Sonoma Valley producer.

1988

Bollini tells a story of nature and passion in Trentino with the addition of its Pinot Grigio to the Kobrand list.

1989

Fonseca, a second Port house and sister brand to Taylor Fladgate, is welcomed into the portfolio.

1990

Delamain’s exquisite, hand crafted Cognacs are added to the portfolio.

1993

Kobrand increases its share of ownership in L&L, the producer of Alizé.

1997

Kobrand adds the famed Château des Jacques in Moulin-à-Vent to the portfolio through Maison Louis Jadot. Universally considered to be one of the most prestigious properties in Beaujolais, this purchase definitively establishes Jadot’s prestige in the crus of Beaujolais.

2000

Tenuta Sette Ponti, one of the most innovative, quality driven producers of world class Super Tuscans, enters the portfolio.

2001

Kobrand purchases Sequoia Grove, a premier producer of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in Rutherford, the heart of Napa Valley.

2001

The transformation of the Folonari family holdings brings in TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino and the Super Tuscan Tenuta del Cabreo brand.

2001

Kobrand forms a partnership in Santa Barbara County through a joint venture with Foley Estates, a producer of world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the cool Santa Rita Hills AVA.

2001

The addition of Tenute Silvio Nardi’s Brunellos represents an extraordinary enhancement of Kobrand’s Italian Portfolio.

2002

Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca are brought together with the respected house of Croft under a new corporate entity, The Fladgate Partnership, which Kobrand represents in its entirety.

2003

A long-sought goal is fulfilled by the representation of Craggy Range, a super-premium producer of estate wines from New Zealand.

2004

Two additional properties of Antonio Moretti, owner of Tenuta Sette Ponti in Tuscany, enter the portfolio: Poggio al Lupo in Maremma and Feudo Maccari in Sicily.

2006

Kobrand enters Spain with Poema Cava from the Penedès Valley.

2006

Kobrand adds Piero Incisa della Rocchetta’s Bodega Chacra, a Patagonian winery making ancient vine Pinot Noir, to the portfolio.

2006

Caposaldo’s classic still and sparkling wines from northern Italy and Tuscany are added to the Kobrand list.

2008

An augmented relationship with Champagne Taittinger includes an increase of Kobrand’s holdings in Domaine Carneros.

2009

Infamous Goose takes Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to new heights of flavor in the Kobrand portfolio.

2010

Bob DeRoose is named President and CEO.

2010

Domaine Ferret, a property of Louis Jadot, adds refined expressions of Pouilly-Fuissé to the Kobrand list.

2012

The Seeker brand is launched, representing the world’s finest examples of favorite wine varieties.

2012

Alta Vista, reputed for its “Terroir Expression Winemakers” who were the first to produce single vineyard Malbec wines, joins the Kobrand portfolio.

2012

Belle de Brillet join the Spirits Portfolio.

2012

Kobrand wins Wine Enthusiast’s “Importer of the Year” Wine Star Award.

2014

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, certified Organic and Biodynamic since 2002, joins the French portfolio.

2014

Kobrand adds Dennis Cakebread’s Mullan Road Cellars, an exploration of the Columbia Valley in Washington state, to the portfolio.

2014

Kobrand adds Altamana’s Chilean Old Vine Malbecs to the portfolio.

2015

Tenuta di Biserno, a joint venture between Marchese Lodovico Antinori and his brother Marchese Piero Antinori, joins the Italian Portfolio.

2016

Résonance, Maison Louis Jadot's first venture outside of France, enters the portfolio.

2016

Kobrand launches Maison Saleya Côtes de Provence Rosé.

2016

Lambrusco producer, Medici Ermete enters the Italian Portfolio.

2017

Kobrand purchases premium sake importer, Joto Sake LLC (Joto), becoming the exclusive US marketing representative and importer of a group of premium, multi-generational and family-owned Japanese breweries producing artisanal Sakes.

2017

One of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s oldest estates, Château La Nerthe joins the French portfolio.

2018

Iconic Italian brand Lucano 1894 enters the spirits portfolio.

2018

Villa Matilde enters the Italian portfolio.

2018

Acclaimed Chilean wine producer Montes enters the portfolio.

The Future

Kobrand’s ownership and senior management are intently committed to the future. Their focus on a stronger, more prestigious and profitable position within the wine and spirits industry never shifts. Strategic global marketing, continuing vertical integration in prime wine regions and discriminating selection of suppliers who share a commitment to quality inform our approach to the years ahead. These will be supported by the continued development of technological tools that will enhance all Kobrand's marketing efforts.

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