In 1991 Betty Cohen founded Grapevine Distributors. Her mission was to “bring family made wines from around the world to the families of the Carolinas.” Today, we continue to accomplish our mission, but we have also accomplished much more. We set the standards by which all distributors in the Carolinas operate today when it became the first in the state with an air-conditioned box truck and fully air-conditioned warehouse. We were the first true state-wide distributor in North Carolina and followed up that feat by becoming the first distributor covering both North and South Carolina. We are today, by far, the largest full-service distributor selling wine and servicing accounts across both the Carolinas.
We currently employ 30 people across our distribution network…from the exceptional warehouse and office staff to our efficient trustworthy drivers, to our well educated and world travelled sales and management team. That’s a long way from its humble beginnings with family members crisscrossing the states selling and delivering wine.
After starting solely with Dreyfus Ashby products, we grew to become and remain the number one distributor, outside of OR, WA, or CA, for Oregon wines. Our ability to turn Oregon Pinot Noir into a Carolinas phenomenon set them firmly in the marketplace as a permanent fixture. Today, we represent nearly 200 family wineries from around the world; not a lot in today’s world of mega-distributors. The company joke is that it took 20 years to find these few families that make wine that is and remains up to the company standards.
The next 20 years will be as fruitful as the first as we look beyond its traditional distribution goals. Grapevine Imports!, currently importing wines from five different countries, was founded five years ago to buy wines directly from the families who make them thereby offering great quality and value to the families of the Carolinas. The company got into the production side with its first wine, The Grind, a 2008 Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Its second endeavor is Muddy Boots, a single vineyard series from Oregon created to educate people about and represent the various American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and terroir within the Willamette Valley.
We are a successful family run business. The strength of the company and service we have built, the people we employ, and in combination with the best cover to cover wine portfolio in the Carolinas is a testimony to Betty’s vision and mission she set out to accomplish over 20 years ago.