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Constellation to Sell New York''s Historic Widmer Winery

April 06, 2010
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The world''s biggest wine company is selling an 1880s-era winery to a rival business in New York''s Finger Lakes wine country instead of shutting its doors, according to the Associiated Press. Constellation Brands Inc. says an affiliate of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards is paying an undisclosed sum to buy the historic Widmer Winery in Naples, 40 miles southeast of Rochester. Constellation is the biggest wine maker by volume. It sells or markets more than 100 brands, including Manischewitz, Widmer, Paul Masson and Taylor. It said Wednesday the Widmer sale is expected to be completed by June. The company is based in the suburban Rochester town Victor. It said in September it planned to close Widmer in 2011 and donate the building and its vineyards to Rochester Institute of Technology to enhance the school''s programs in wine and culinary arts.

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