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Foley Family Wines and Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies Establish New Agency Agreement in Canada


Santa Rosa, Calif. and Toronto, ON, Canada, November 12, 2019 – Foley Family Wines (FFW) announced they have established a new multi-year strategic agency and distribution agreement with the Charton-Hobbs Group (CHG) of Companies in Canada effective January 1st, 2020. Under the new agreement, CHG and its affiliates will operate as the exclusive agent for a group of Luxury brands in the extensive FFW portfolio in all provinces and territories of Canada. The portfolio includes prominent brands such as Sebastiani Winery, Acrobat, Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery, Banshee, and Roth Estates among others.

“We’re pleased to partner with Charton-Hobbs and Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants in Canada,” said Shawn Schiffer, President of Foley Family Wines. “They have deep experience representing luxury wines and spirits, and their legacy of family leadership is a good fit for Foley Family Wines. I know our portfolio will be in good hands.”

The agreement allows Foley Family Wines to expand its route-to-consumer strategy and will capitalize on the Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies enhanced sales, marketing, information technology, and training practices. The group has a long history of service excellence to further develop FFW’s national distribution with full-market coverage.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for two of our national wine & spirits agencies to represent a vast portfolio of Luxury wineries owned by the Foley Family,” said Duncan Hobbs, President & CEO of Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies.

“When my father and I met Bill Foley and his daughter Courtney Foley we could immediately feel their passion and commitment to Foley Family Wines. This was instrumental in our two families coming together,” said Jonathan Hobbs, Vice-President of Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies (4th generation).

About Foley Family Wines

Foley Family Wines was established by Bill Foley in 1996 with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Since then, Foley Family Wines has grown to become a top producer, marketer, and distributor of highly-acclaimed, handmade wines and spirits.  Every brand in the company’s portfolio is distinct and autonomous with its own identity, style, techniques, and personnel. Foley Family Wines owns the following winery properties: Acrobat (Oregon), Foley Sonoma (Geyserville, CA), Chalone Vineyards (Monterey, CA), Foley Estates (Sta. Rita Hills, CA), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang, CA), Merus (Napa Valley, CA), Foley Johnson (Napa Valley, CA), Kuleto (Napa Valley, CA), Altvs (Napa, CA), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County, CA), Sebastiani (Sonoma County, CA), Banshee Wines (Sonoma, CA), Rickshaw Wines, Lancaster Estate (Sonoma County, CA), Langtry Estate (Lake County, CA), Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, WA), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley, CA), Eos (Paso Robles, CA), Roth Estate (Sonoma County, CA), The Four Graces (Dundee, OR), Vavasour (Marlborough, New Zealand), Clifford Bay (Marlborough, New Zealand), Grove Mill (Marlborough, New Zealand), Martinborough Vineyard (Martinborough, New Zealand) and Te Kairanga (Martinborough, New Zealand). Bill Foley is the majority owner of the National Hockey League team, the Vegas Golden Knights (Las Vegas, NV). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity National Inc. and Vice Chairman of Fidelity National Information Services. Both are Fortune 500 companies.

About Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies

Pioneering Canada’s beverage alcohol landscape for nearly a century, Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies remain a multi-generational family company. Dedicated to developing world-leading wine and spirit brands in the Canadian marketplace.

Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies remains Canada’s largest privately owned and operated beverage alcohol organization with a reputation for service excellence. It is comprised of 3 distinct agency operations, Charton-Hobbs, Authentic Wines and Spirits, and Escalade Wines and Spirits.  All 3 companies offer leading sales, marketing, information technology, and educational experience. Charton-Hobbs Group of Companies today is an authority in third party beverage alcohol brand-building solutions. 

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