Vineyard Brands was founded by Robert Haas in 1971, and a remodeled barn on the Haas family farm served as headquarters from the inception of the company until May of 1997. Today, Vineyard Brands represents over 25 growers of estate-bottled wines in Burgundy, Chablis, the Rhône, Loire Valley, Alsace and Southern France as well as some of the best wines available from Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Italy. The same stringent criteria exercised by Robert Haas still exists today. All wines are personally selected by Jerry Neff and Daniel Haas, Robert’s son, who continues the tradition of a close family relationship with the French proprietors and makes a number of trips to taste and select wines during the year. All wines are tasted by the management staff before a decision on representation is made. The result of this stringent selection is best illustrated in the following quote from The Wine Advocate: “In a world increasingly dominated by vast sums of capital and multinational firms, it is difficult for a small wine importer to survive unless that company has considerable expertise and an unwavering commitment to quality rather than quantity…‘Robert Haas Selections’ or ‘Imported By Vineyard Brands’ is as close to a guarantee of quality as the consumer can expect.”
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