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Legacy Awards

3 March, 2011

The Wente Family Celebrates Third Annual
Wente Family Estates Legacy Awards

Livermore, CA – The Wente Family is proud to announce the winners of the third annual Wente Family Estates Legacy Awards, held on February 28, 2011 at the Restaurant at Wente Vineyards The two-day event commenced with the highly anticipated Legacy Awards Dinner, followed by the Legacy Awards Pro-Am at The Course at Wente Vineyards, and Distributor Council meeting to discuss goals and the outlook for 2011 and beyond.

The awards are categorized based on distributor size, with Tier One selling the highest quantity. This year’s distributor winners in the Tier One category are: Glazer’s Distributors in Texas, Southern Wine & Spirits in Florida and Southern Wine & Spirits in New York. Tier Two awards, were awarded to Lauber Selections in New Jersey, Paustis Wine Company in Minnesota and Southern Wine & Spirits in Colorado. Tier Three distributors were g.housen in Vermont, Glazer’s Distributing in Iowa and Southern Wine & Spirits in Arizona. Special recognition was awarded to Charlotte, NC-based Tryon Distributing for Outstanding Portfolio Performance for Wente Family Estates.

Equally notable were awards given in the importers category as Wente Family Estates has had a long history of exports around the globe. Wente Family Estates’ international importers Arion Wine Company in Aruba, Churchill Cellars in Toronto, ON and Global Wineries in Belgium won awards for most successful growth of Wente Family Estates’ wine portfolio.

Lastly, Legacy Recognition Awards were presented to distributors that showcased outstanding sales performance for brands within the Wente Family Estates portfolio; Hayes Ranch (Glazer’s Distributors of Texas), Tamás Estates (Southern Wine & Spirits of New York) and Wente Vineyards (Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida).

“The Legacy Awards honors top distributors and importers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in distribution and successful wine portfolio growth.  As we celebrate our 128th year in business, we like to pay tribute to the people on the ground who help make our company the ongoing success it is,” said Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Family Estates.

About Wente Vineyards
Named a Top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly based on U.S. case sales, Wente Vineyards is also the country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, Wente Vineyards is led by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. More than 125 years of committed stewardship to the land has led to the development of Wente Vineyards’ Farming for the Future program, a system of sustainable viticultural practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. This philosophy extends to all aspects of winery operations, where energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and social responsibility are all integral to the culture.

Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. For more information, please visit

Photography from the event is available and for any interviews or media assistance, please contact Kristin Namimoto at or 415/701-9463.