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Moët Hennessy acquires Woodinville Whiskey Company

Published 14 July 2017

French wines and spirit maker Moët Hennessy has acquired US-based Woodinville Whiskey Company for an undisclosed amount.

The Washington-based craft whiskey-maker was founded in 2010 by two friends, Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile.

The company claims to have grown into one of the largest craft whiskey manufacturers in the state. After the acquisition, the friends will continue to manage the company.

Product portfolio of the company includes its Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Woodinville Straight Rye Whiskey.

These two products are claimed to be matured for at least five years at Woodinville’s barrel warehouses in Quincy, Washington. The climatic conditions of the state are considered ideal for the aging process. The grains used in the spirit-making process are also sourced locally from Omlin family farm in Quincy.

Woodinville initially produced microbarreled bourbon and rye whiskies. Later, it started producing a 5-year-old straight bourbon in 2015 and a 5-year-old straight rye, last year.

Moët Hennessy president and CEO Christophe Navarre said: “We are convinced that Woodinville fits very well within the Moët Hennessy portfolio.”

“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.”

The Whiskey Wash quoted Sorensen as saying: “We are very proud about what we have accomplished since founding Woodinville Whiskey Company just a few years ago.”

“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.

“Brett and I are thrilled to continue leading the business and to be part of the accelerated growth we expect to achieve as part of Moët Hennessy, and its parent LVMH, the world’s leading luxury goods company.” 


Image: Moët Hennessy acquires US-based craft whiskey manufacturer Woodinville Whiskey. Photo: Courtesy of Woodinville Whiskey Company, LLC.