Moet Hennessy, part of the LVMH group, confirmed its purchase of Woodinville Whiskey Co yesterday

Moet Hennessy, part of the LVMH group, confirmed its purchase of Woodinville Whiskey Co yesterday

Moët Hennessy has made a craft spirits move, acquiring Woodinville Whiskey Co in the US.

The group confirmed late yesterday that it has bought Washington state-based Woodinville Whiskey for an undisclosed sum. Co-founders Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile will stay on with the distiller, which has until now only sold its portfolio, led by Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Woodinville Straight Rye Whiskey, in its home state.

Moët Hennessy is the latest multinational company to target the US craft spirits segment. Late last year, Pernod bought West Virginia's Smooth Ambler Spirits Co, while Remy Cointreau snapped up Seattle's Westland Distillery at around the same time.

Elsewhere, Bacardi purchased Kentucky-based Angel's Share Brands in 2015.

"We are convinced that Woodinville fits very well within the Moët Hennessy portfolio," said Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre. "Orlin and Brett have done a great job to establish Woodinville Whiskey as an iconic brand in Washington state with significant potential for expanded distribution through our US and international networks.

"While we are no strangers to whiskey, with our Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malts, we have much to learn from Orlin and Brett about American distilling and look forward to this important new partnership."

Sorensen added: "As we considered the many strategic opportunities before us, it was clear that being part of the Moët Hennessy portfolio and distribution network will allow us to reach our goals much more quickly."

Located on the outskirts of Seattle, Woodinville Whiskey Co was founded in 2010.

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