March 11, 2015 – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. (“Diamond”) (DWS-TSX Venture Exchange) is pleased to announce that EastDell Estates wines have been selected to be served on all VIA Rail train routes between Windsor and Québec City.
VIA Rail awarded Diamond a three-year contract to provide its EastDell Estates wines for the Ontario and Québec routes. VIA Rail now offers the popular EastDell Estates Pinot Grigio and EastDell Estates Black Cab wines in its Economy class. These products are also part of the Business Class offerings on a rotational basis with other Canadian wines. The EastDell Estates Black Cab is the sales leader for VQA red blends at the LCBO and EastDell Estates Pinot Grigio is one of the top three selling Ontario VQA wines for its varietal. EastDell Estates is one of Diamond Estates’ core brands targeted to consumers with a palette for high quality VQA Niagara wines that celebrate life and achievement. All of Diamond’s products are handcrafted at its flagship winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
On the routes between Windsor and Québec City, VIA Rail provides intercity passengers with safe, efficient and affordable service, downtown-to-downtown between Canada’s largest business centres. More than 430 trains run between Windsor and Québec City per week, transporting over 90 percent of VIA Rail’s total ridership.
The contract requires Diamond Estates to provide the wines in the 200ml single serve format. EastDell Estates Black Cab is currently available through the LCBO and at the winery in 200 ml, 750 ml, 1.5 litre and 3 litre formats while the EastDell Estates Pinot Grigio is available in 200 ml and 750 ml sizes.
J. Murray Souter, President and CEO of Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits stated that “We are exceptionally proud to have been chosen by VIA Rail for their busy and growing intercity routes. It recognizes our objective of providing high quality VQA wines from Niagara, which continues to mature into a globally competitive wine producing region. It also demonstrates our commitment to building recognizable, approachable brands.”
About Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.
Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. is a producer of high quality wines and a sales agent for over 120 beverage alcohol brands across Canada. The company operates two wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario producing VQA and blended wines under such well-known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell Estates, Lakeview Cellars, Dois Amigos, Dan Aykroyd, Riders Valley, Candy Wines, Benchmark and Seasons. Through its partnership, Kirkwood Diamond Canada, the Company is a sales agent for top selling international brands in all regions of the country as well as being a distributor in the western provinces. These recognizable brands include Fat Bastard wines from France, Fireball Whiskey Shooter from Canada, Hpnotiq Liqueur from France, Anciano wines from Spain, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina, Brick Brewing from Canada, Buffalo Trace Bourbon from USA, Flor de Cana rum from Nicaragua, Iceberg Vodka from Canada and many others. For further information on the company, please visit the company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (symbol DWS). For more information, please contact:
J. Murray Souter
President & CEO
Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
905 641 1042 Ext 234
Alan Stratton, CPA, CA
Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
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