Constellation Brands and Australian Vintage Ltd End Discussions Related to Australian and U.K. Wine Operations

VICTOR, N.Y., April 7, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ, ASX: CBR), the world's leading wine company, today announced that it and Australian Vintage Ltd (AVL) have ended discussions for the potential combination of a portion of Constellation's Australian and U.K. wine operations with AVL.

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Constellation's President and CEO Rob Sands said, "There were a number of goals both parties were attempting to accomplish through the combination. Over time, it became evident that despite both parties' best efforts we were not going to be successful in accomplishing all these goals. Therefore, we mutually decided it was in the best interest of Constellation and AVL to discontinue our discussions and focus on our respective businesses."

Constellation plans to continue to operate its Australian and U.K. businesses with a focus on achieving stronger results by increasing efficiencies, reducing costs and improving cash generation.

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands is the world's leading wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes and talented employees world-wide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation's brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Hardys, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Jackson-Triggs, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.

Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B; ASX: CBR) is an S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000(R) company with more than 100 total brands in our portfolio, sales in about 150 countries and operations in approximately 45 facilities. The company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to our brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to different people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more about Constellation Brands and its product portfolio visit the company's web site at www.cbrands.com.

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