Constellation Europe said on Friday that it will take over responsibility for all sales and marketing of the Robert Mondavi wine portfolio throughout Europe as of March 1 2005.

Following the acquisition of The Robert Mondavi Corporation by Constellation Brands Inc. on December 22 last year, The Robert Mondavi brands will join Constellation Europe's existing portfolio of Californian wines including Franciscan, Ravenswood, Estancia, Quintessa, Blackstone, Simi and Turner Road.    

The Robert Mondavi portfolio is currently distributed throughout Europe, both on and off trade, and includes the Woodbridge and Papio wine brands and the Robert Mondavi Winery and Private Selection ranges.

Christopher Carson, Constellation Europe's CEO said: "The addition of the Robert Mondavi wines to our portfolio further enhances our number one new world premium wine status.  Robert Mondavi is one of the most prestigious names in the wine world, with a fantastic heritage and reputation.   We look forward to capitalising on our routes to market, particularly in the UK, whilst broadening the already established distribution level throughout Europe."

The Robert Mondavi Europe office in Frankfurt will close on April 30, 2005 and all continental European sales inquiries thereafter will be handled by Constellation Europe's Haarlem office.