Vincor Canada has secured a sponsorship deal with the country's Olympic and Paralympic Winter games in 2010.

The Constellation Brands unit said yesterday (14 December) that it will also be a sponsor of the Canadian Olympic team for the games in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to honour our Canadian heritage while affirming our role as Canada's wine industry leader," said Vincor's president and CEO Jay Wright.

"This is by far Vincor Canada's most ambitious and broad-reaching sponsorship." Financial details for the deal were not disclosed.

The company will back the deal with a co-branded wine from its Jackson-Triggs division. "This is the very first time that Jackson Triggs ... has lent its name to a joint branded initiative," Wright added.

Two varietals in Vincor's super-premium price segment will make up the co-branded offering, while the official 'Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games' (VANOC) emblem will also appear on wines from Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Sawmill Creek, Naked Grape, Nk'Mip Cellars, Sumac Ridge and See Ya Later Ranch.

The sponsorship, which makes Vincor the official supplier in the wine category, will be staged over the next six years and will include on- and off-trade promotions, visibility at Olympic venues and VANOC events, hospitality programmes, entertainment and corporate gifting opportunities.

"(The agreement) will put Vincor Canada centre-stage with leading corporations from around the world," Wright added.