The world's largest wine company Constellation Wines has made strategic changes to its Canandaigua Wine Company (CWC), Pacific Wine Partners (PWP) and Batavia Wine Cellars (BWC) organisations in an effort to seek continued growth.

Effective March 1, 2004, a common platform of services will be provided by an umbrella entity known as Constellation Wines - US.

Within the new organisational structure CWC, PWP and BWC will continue to be responsible for managing separate sales and distribution networks and having their own identities and business strategies. 

However, Constellation Wines - US will provide services such as channel management, finance, operations, human resources and legal services to the three companies, which, it is hoped, allow the group to leverage the combined scale of the businesses. Jose Fernandez will be the president and chief executive officer of Constellation Wines - US.
 
These changes will have no impact on Franciscan Estates, which encompasses some of the company's premier brands, including Simi, Quintessa, Estancia, Mount Veeder, Veramonte and Ravenswood.  Franciscan Estates, headed by Jon Moramarco, will continue to operate independently.