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Kendall-Jackson partners with Summergate, Greater China

15th Jan. 2016  /  Summergate News  ·  Summergate, Kendall-Jackson

Summergate and Jackson Family Wines today announced a long-term partnership for the distribution and marketing of Kendall-Jackson wines in Greater China

After several months of discussions and joint planning, Summergate and Jackson Family Wines (JFW) today announced a successful multi-year partnership for the Greater China market for Kendall-Jackson wines. Effective immediately Summergate has been appointed the sole importer and distributor for this iconic American wine producer across the region – Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland China. Summergate expects to have Kendall-Jackson wines available in all major cities across Mainland China in the Spring of 2016, and even sooner in Hong Kong and Macau.

Jess Jackson produced the first Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay in 1982, and from that point on never looked back. Today Kendall-Jackson is an icon of great American wine, with its heart and soul in Sonoma, and is one of the most celebrated and trusted wine producers in the world. For almost two decades Summergate has been building relationships and earning the trust of professional wine buyers across Greater China, and the Summergate team is keen and confident to introduce Kendall-Jackson across the whole network.

Total imports of wine from the USA to China have been flat or declining in recent years, and no strong standard bearer for premium California wines has emerged (source: China Customs Import Statistics, 2014).  In 2014 and 2015, not one of the iconic premium wine producers from California achieved more than 2% share of the USA category by volume into China. This presents an opportunity for Summergate and Kendall-Jackson to fill the void and build a robust and sustainable market for premium California wine in China.


“We’re thrilled to be importing, marketing, and distributing the exceptional California wines of Kendall-Jackson in China” stated Ian Ford, founder and CEO of Summergate. “Summergate continues to go from strength to strength in delivering great drinks to our customers across Greater China, and Kendall-Jackson is a fantastic addition. As an American born and raised, it’s a point of personal pride for me to wave the flag of Kendall-Jackson high and proud in China” said Ford.


“I am thrilled that we are partnering with Summergate for Greater China with Kendall-Jackson”, commented Nick Bevan, Executive Vice President for JFW International sales & business development. “We are very interested in establishing strong sales of one of America’s most iconic brands in the region, and have been looking for just the right partner to do this with. Ian and his team at Summergate offer the professional experience and knowledge that is required to achieve this goal. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Summergate”.



Jackson Family Wines is a collection of premium wineries owned privately by Barbara Banke and the Jackson family. Over the years, the Banke-Jackson family has assembled an unparalleled portfolio of esteemed vineyards and wineries along California’s cool coastal ridges, stretching northwards from Santa Barbara up through Monterey, Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, and continuing into Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley.

Internationally, Jackson Family Wines owns estates in St. Emilion, Tuscany, McLaren vale, South Africa and Chile. Each winery has its own winemaker, vineyards, varietal focus and unique style which showcase the particular terroir of its location.

Above all, the Banke-Jacksons pride themselves on the quality of their wines, their stewardship of the land, their commitment to sustainable practices, and their long-term distribution and wine community partnerships around the world.




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