By Richard Thomas
In the most recent example of a major international drinks company buying an American craft distillery, French liquor and wine conglomerate Moet Hennessy has bought Washington-based Woodinville Whiskey. The financial terms are undisclosed at this time. This is the second such deal in Washington state alone, as Remy Cointreau bought Westland Distillery this past December.
Moet Hennessy is no stranger to the whiskey business on the world stage, as they own Scotland’s Ardbeg and Glenmorangie. However, heretofore they have had no presence in the American whiskey industry, something the company has had in common with many of the recent international drinks firms buying up American craft distilleries.
Woodinville ships 50,000 cases per year from a line that includes pot-distilled straight bourbon and American whiskey, and two different types of rye whiskey.