Martignetti Companies is the leading distributor of wines and spirits in New England and the 7th largest distributor in the country.
Based in Norwood, MA, the company operates in Massachusetts as United Liquors, Carolina Wine & Spirits, Classic Wine and Commonwealth Wine & Spirits, and in other New England states as Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire and Vermont, Rhode Island Distributing Company through a joint venture, and Maine Beverage Company, as the exclusive distributor of spirits in the state. Classic Imports, a wholly owned subsidiary of Martignetti Companies, sells and promotes the finest craft spirits through a nationwide network of distributors.
Martignetti Companies began as a family-owned grocery business in Boston’s North End. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the Martignetti family received the first retail license for beverage alcohol in Massachusetts. Through the years, they grew their retail business to include a number of wine and spirits shops across the Boston metro area. In the 1970’s, they expanded the distribution and wholesale business, focusing on fine wines. In the ensuing years Martignetti Companies steadily grew its distribution businesses in New England through organic growth, supplier appointments and acquisitions. The portfolio has grown to encompass the broadest selection of fine wines and spirits in the marketplace, from unique artisanal producers to global leading suppliers.
Our more than 1,200 employees are highly-trained and committed to servicing the thousands of customers who depend on us for their business needs. We aim to provide our customers with the industry's leading service capabilities - best trained and product knowledgeable sales representatives, highest in-stock rate, highest level of shipping accuracy, continual sourcing of new unique high quality products, housing inventory in a state of the art temperature controlled environment.
Now in its third generation of ownership by the Martignetti family, Martignetti Companies is firmly committed to enhancing our long-term partnerships with customers and suppliers by continuing to deliver the highest quality service and brand building capabilities.
1908 – Established Grocery Business
1933 – Repeal of Prohibition and formation of the Martignetti (Carolina) distribution/wholesale company
1991 – Acquired distributor Chas. Gilman & Sons
1992 – Acquired Pastene Wine Company
1993 – Acquired Jet Wine & Spirits, establishing Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont
1994 – Acquired Silenus Wine Company
1998 – Formed Martignetti Companies of RI, which created a 5-state, regional New England Sales Organization
1999 – Constructed new company headquarters in Norwood, MA with a 325,000 sq/ft fully temperature-controlled warehouse
2000 – Acquired Classic Imports
2001 – Classic Imports Established
2004 – Appointed exclusive spirits distributor in Maine
2005 – Expanded Norwood warehouse, totaling 425,000 sq/ft of temperature-controlled space
2006 – Acquired United Liquors and Braintree facilities, greatly expanding the company’s spirits and wine offerings and doubling warehouse space to 850,000 sq/ft of space
2008 – Formed partnership with the Mancini family - Rhode Island Distributing
2009 – Acquired Commonwealth Wine & Spirits, bringing the E&J Gallo portfolio and other select fine wines and spirits to the company