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.
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.
Larressingle, a fifth-generation distiller of the number one Armagnac brand in the United States, distinguishes the portfolio.
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.
The important relationship is formed with François Taittinger of Champagne Taittinger, one of Champagne’s great grande marques.
Kobrand welcomes liqueuriste L'Héritier-Guyot’s Crème de Cassis de Dijon to the portfolio.
Château d’Aquéria, the quintessential Tavel Rosé, is added to the portfolio.
Michel Redde represents Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre terroir in Kobrand’s portfolio.
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.
Bouvet-Ladubay, a historic producer of Loire sparkling wines, joins the portfolio.
Mr. Kopf’s three daughters carry forth their father’s company after his passing.
Sequoia Grove of Napa Valley enters the portfolio as Kobrand’s first American winery.
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.
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.
Kobrand joins forces with Champagne Taittinger to begin the Domaine Carneros joint venture.
Fernando Pighin & Figli, producer of esteemed Pinot Grigios from the regions of Friuli Grave and Collio, joins the portfolio.
Cakebread Cellars, one of the most respected family wineries of Napa Valley, secures a marketing agreement with Kobrand Corporation.
Kobrand becomes the exclusive U.S. importer of the great Ports of Taylor Fladgate.
Tenuta San Guido, legendary creator of the Super Tuscan Sassicaia, enters the portfolio.
St. Francis Vineyards becomes Kobrand’s first joint venture partnership with a Sonoma Valley producer.
Bollini tells a story of nature and passion in Trentino with the addition of its Pinot Grigio to the Kobrand list.
Fonseca, a second Port house and sister brand to Taylor Fladgate, is welcomed into the portfolio.
Delamain’s exquisite, hand crafted Cognacs are added to the portfolio.
Kobrand increases its share of ownership in L&L, the producer of Alizé.
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.
Tenuta Sette Ponti, one of the most innovative, quality driven producers of world class Super Tuscans, enters the portfolio.
Kobrand purchases Sequoia Grove, a premier producer of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in Rutherford, the heart of Napa Valley.
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.
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.
The addition of Tenute Silvio Nardi’s Brunellos represents an extraordinary enhancement of Kobrand’s Italian Portfolio.
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.
A long-sought goal is fulfilled by the representation of Craggy Range, a super-premium producer of estate wines from New Zealand.
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.
Kobrand enters Spain with Poema Cava from the Penedès Valley.
Kobrand adds Piero Incisa della Rocchetta’s Bodega Chacra, a Patagonian winery making ancient vine Pinot Noir, to the portfolio.
Caposaldo’s classic still and sparkling wines from northern Italy and Tuscany are added to the Kobrand list.
An augmented relationship with Champagne Taittinger includes an increase of Kobrand’s holdings in Domaine Carneros.
Infamous Goose takes Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to new heights of flavor in the Kobrand portfolio.
Bob DeRoose is named President and CEO.
Domaine Ferret, a property of Louis Jadot, adds refined expressions of Pouilly-Fuissé to the Kobrand list.
The Seeker brand is launched, representing the world’s finest examples of favorite wine varieties.
Alta Vista, reputed for its “Terroir Expression Winemakers” who were the first to produce single vineyard Malbec wines, joins the Kobrand portfolio.
Belle de Brillet join the Spirits Portfolio.
Kobrand wins Wine Enthusiast’s “Importer of the Year” Wine Star Award.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, certified Organic and Biodynamic since 2002, joins the French portfolio.
Kobrand adds Dennis Cakebread’s Mullan Road Cellars, an exploration of the Columbia Valley in Washington state, to the portfolio.
Kobrand adds Altamana’s Chilean Old Vine Malbecs to the portfolio.
Tenuta di Biserno, a joint venture between Marchese Lodovico Antinori and his brother Marchese Piero Antinori, joins the Italian Portfolio.
Résonance, Maison Louis Jadot's first venture outside of France, enters the portfolio.
Kobrand launches Maison Saleya Côtes de Provence Rosé.
Lambrusco producer, Medici Ermete enters the Italian Portfolio.
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.
One of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s oldest estates, Château La Nerthe joins the French portfolio.
Iconic Italian brand Lucano 1894 enters the spirits portfolio.
Villa Matilde enters the Italian portfolio.
Acclaimed Chilean wine producer Montes enters the portfolio.
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.