Pernod Ricard China exclusive distributor of YAO MING® wines in China
“Yao Family Wines crafts world-class wines from Napa Valley, and we look forward to introducing wine lovers in China to this remarkable wine growing region,” said Yao Ming. “I believe that wine can bring people together, and make our lives more enjoyable. Basketball gave me the opportunity to live in the United States and discover many wonderful things in America. Now I look forward to bringing great wines from California to the Chinese people.”
Yao Family Wines sources the grapes for its YAO MING® Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from prestigious Napa Valley vineyards. Director of Winemaking, Tom Hinde, notes “We work throughout the growing season to ensure low grape yield, rich flavors and optimum ripeness in the fruit to fully express the extraordinary terroir of Napa Valley.
“We are very proud to be the strategic partner of Yao Family Wines and introduce YAO MING® wines to Chinese consumers,” said Con Constandis, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard China. “Though we are a global company, we have strong local roots in China which makes this partnership with a man like Yao Ming as special as the quality wines themselves”.
The YAO MING® 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is available in China immediately and will be available in the United States in 2012.
Contacts Yao Family Wines
Contacts Pernod Ricard
- Jean TOUBOUL / Financial Communication – Investor Relations VP
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 41 71
- Stéphanie SCHROEDER / External Communications Deputy Director
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 42 74
- Alison DONOHOE / Investor Relations
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 42 14
- Florence TARON / Press Relations Manager
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 40 88