The Constellation subsidiary Vincor Canada has acquired the business of its affiliated company Medallion Wine Marketing in Canada.

The Canadian producer and marketer of wine and related products said yesterday (3 April) that it will assume the western distribution of brands including Robert Mondavi from the US, and Hardys from Australia and Nobilo from New Zealand.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Vincor Canada president and CEO Jay Wright said: "This transaction reinforces our leading market position in Canada, strengthens our route-to-market and bolsters both our domestic and import wine businesses. Given our solid understanding and working knowledge of the acquired business, it is a strong strategic fit for Vincor Canada. This will enhance our customer relationships in Western Canada, and leverage the full breadth of our more diversified product portfolio."

As part of the deal, Vincor will become the western distributor for its sister company, Constellation Spirits, across spirits brands such as Golden Wedding, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and Effen Vodka. Additionally, the company will also cover distribution for both the Quails' Gate and CedarCreek VQA estate wineries across the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Both wineries will remain as family-owned and operated, the company said.

Wright added: "With the addition of the Medallion business, our expanded sales team will continue to serve as the sales agent for the Mott's and Freixenet portfolios in Western Canada as we continue to work through the transition. We look forward to continuing the development of these great brands."