Constellation's Executives File Early Financial Statements Certification

FAIRPORT, N.Y., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) today announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sands and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Thomas Summer have signed and filed sworn statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") affirming the accuracy and completeness of Company SEC filings, as required by SEC Order No. 4-460. The certifications were submitted in advance of the Company's October 15, 2002 deadline, and cover Constellation's 10-K for fiscal year 2002, its 10-Q for the first quarter of fiscal 2003, its 2002 proxy statement and all 8-K's filed subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K through the time of filing of the certifications.

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Upon submitting the filings Mr. Sands commented, "Constellation has the systems, procedures and controls to ensure the accuracy and completeness of our accounting, and we are pleased to be able to provide our early certifications confirming executive management's confidence in the Company's financial reporting."

About Constellation

Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leading producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands, with a broad portfolio of wines, spirits and imported beers. The Company is the largest single-source supplier of these products in the United States, and both a major producer and independent drinks wholesaler in the United Kingdom. Well-known brands in Constellation's portfolio include: Corona Extra, Pacifico, Modelo Especial, St. Pauli Girl, Black Velvet, Fleischmann's, Schenley, Ten High, Franciscan Oakville Estate, Simi, Estancia, Ravenswood, Alice White, Talus, Vendange, Almaden, Arbor Mist, Stowells of Chelsea and Blackthorn.

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