Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Miami and Dallas, has signed a national distribution agreement with Foley Family Wines (FFW), a family owned and operated producer and marketer of luxury wines.

Through this national alignment, Foley Family Wines will benefit from Southern Glazer’s national scale, route-to-market capabilities, and Proof eCommerce platform to drive efficiencies in the FFW business and growth for its expanding portfolio of luxury brands, it says. Concurrent with this national distribution agreement, Southern Glazer’s has signed definitive agreements to acquire certain assets of Epic Wines & Spirits of California (Epic), with the transaction to be completed subject to typical closing conditions.

This new alignment coincides with the launch of Southern Glazer’s new Fine Wine and Artisanal spirits strategy, aimed at enhancing the route to market and customer service aspects for our restaurant, fine wine and craft spirits partners, it says.

“This is a new era for Foley Family Wines, following their recent acquisition of Ferrari-Carano, as they look to accelerate growth for their world-class portfolio across the U.S.,” said Wayne E. Chaplin, chief executive officer at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, in a statement. “Our two family owned businesses are committed to working together to build on past successes, further develop their great brands, and create a long-term and fruitful partnership well into the future.”

Bill Foley, chief executive officer of Foley Family Wines and Epic Wines & Spirits, added: “As the FFW portfolio of luxury brands continues to grow, it is imperative that we align ourselves with a wholesale partner who has broad route-to-market capability. This national alignment with Southern Glazer’s will provide FFW unmatched access to a customer base that will help catapult FFW toward our goal of becoming a top producer of luxury wines.”